Aisling: 087 7972458 |
Shauna: 086 3353838 |

We all know that yoga is good for you, even those who are not quite sure what it involves! Yoga has so much to offer children but most importantly for them it is fun. Yoga is a complete form of exercise which develops stamina, strength and flexibility. Yoga will stimulate their imagination and teach them how to breathe correctly.

Many children often feel pressure at school socially as well as academically. In addition to the pressure of competitive sports, it is easy for girls and boys to become self-critical and lose confidence in themselves as they grow and change. It is common for our children nowadays to spend a lot of time watching television or playing computer games (my own children can work my iPhone better than me!)

They are often driven to and from school, spending a lot of time sitting at their desks. In general, children have become far less physically active than years ago.

Our children’s yoga program will explore yoga through exciting adventure stories, group and partner poses, lots of games with uplifting music and creative relaxation techniques.

Over the past 3 years we have taught over 2,000 children yoga in the North East, with over 560 children participating in our after school yoga programs. We have taught yoga to Beavers and Cubs and we have been part of the Be Active Programme in a number of schools.

We teach 6 week terms of yoga both within schools as part of the curriculum and after school. We have taught yoga classes independently of schools in the Philipstown Community Centre. This is not a regular ongoing class, but rather a class we teach a number of times a year for 6 week blocks. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details or get in touch and we can let you know when we are next teaching a block of classes.

Check out our calendar or Facebook to see when the next term of Childrens Yoga is on. Please get in touch if you are interested, via text, email or Facebook.

Who are we?

Aisling Halpenny

I originally studied Psychology, Human Services and Community Development and worked with children and adults with disabilities over a 15 year period. From my teens until 3 years ago I played Camogie and have trained through the GAA in Camogie and Football Coaching which includes Child Welfare and Protection. I have also trained in First Aid and Defibrillator use. As a parent of three young children, I know myself the benefits of movement and calm for children. Since my late teens I have been practicing yoga and it has brought me so many benefits. As a qualified Yoga Alliance Teacher I have been teaching Yoga to adults in Philipstown for the past number of years. I am a qualified Rainbow Children’s Yoga Teacher and have studied at Elbow Room in Dublin RCYT (Registered Children's Yoga Teacher) 100 hours Children's Yoga Qualification.

Shauna Molloy

I originally worked in Business and Graphic Design. After I had my 2 children I discovered my love for yoga and it has given me a greater sense of peace and joy. I am a qualified Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher.

My own regular yoga practice and the experience of teaching yoga to children in local schools has been extremely rewarding and is something I am very passionate about. I have undertaken 100 hours Registered Children's Yoga Teacher training with the Elbow Room in Dublin.

Benefits of yoga for kids

  • Improves strength and flexibility
  • Nourishes creativity and self-expression
  • Builds co-ordination and balance
  • Helps build concentration
  • Is non-competitive, where everyone succeeds
  • Increases awareness and empathy with other children
  • Encourages compassion, generosity and respect
  • Reduces anxiety and fretfulness
  • Teaches relaxation techniques
  • Encourages co-operation and teamwork
  • Expands awareness of nature, animals and the environment
  • Supports character development and emotional intelligence
  • Encourages a fit and healthy lifestyle
  • Promotes an overall sense of well-being


“Children were very calm after the class had finished."

“Relaxing atmosphere.”

“Pupils spoke of an inner peace after the yoga session."

“Great for motor skills and co-ordination."

“I’m sure these sessions will awaken a lifelong love for yoga in some of them.”

“Lovely balance between physical activity and relaxation."

“Calmness and serenity seemed to pervade the group.”

“Well prepared program suitable for children to engage and enjoy."

“Children were challenged physically and mentally."

"I found it much easier to do my homework after yoga, i was more focused" - 6th class pupil who took a yoga class with us

"I felt so happy and calm after the class" - 5th class pupil who took a yoga class with us

"My child was so calm after the class" - Parent of a 4th class pupil who took a yoga class with us

What the Principals think of our classes

"Thank you for the wonderful yoga sessions we had with you recently. We have had many visiting tutors over the years but the response from pupils to the yoga was the most positive and enthusiastic ever!"

"It was such a wonderful experience for the children and we look forward to the next session."

What Our Kids Say

Aisling: 087 797 2458

Shauna: 086 335 3838

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