Last weekend I popped along to our first Veopolis event – a Manchester based children’s yoga session! There was, of course, yoga – but there was also a parents ‘zen’ relaxing zone and pop up café, with complimentary chocolate cookies, brownies, vegan cheese, lattes, kombucha, and some special Be Good Vibrations tees on sale. (Scroll down to see our gallery of photos from the event…)
Not being a native Mancunian, I had no idea where the Victoria Warehouse was or what it was like, but a train ride from Leeds and a short metro journey got me there pretty easily. On the outside… fancy warehouse. On the inside… wow. This venue was beautiful! With its exposed brickwork, dim lighting and eastern-inspired décor, I felt relaxed just entering the building.
A little late, I followed the scent of chai lattes (and also directions from the guy at reception) to the welcome room and heard a low hum of chatter. Walking in, I saw that the place was full! Shy and excitable children hung onto their parents’ hands, people wandered and chatted whilst holding delicious looking cookies from Mama Nature, and the lovely Veopolis team poured out drinks and made sure that everybody was happy and comfortable.
Fast forward 15 minutes, the children are ushered into the serene yoga room full of tiny yoga mats (yes, I awww’d!) and their adults left behind to relax, network, and snack. For the next hour and a half, I took lots of photos and also made that ‘wow I’m actually very impressed’ face as I watched the kids master the art of yoga.
Children from the age of 3 wobbled, they concentrated, and… they completely awed me with their yoga skills! The teacher Claire Ash of Greenshoots Yoga was incredible at being that perfect balance of gentle and firm, and created a safe, calm space for the children to both enjoy yoga and have fun whilst staying relaxed. The session was interactive (apple-tasting!), mindful, and centred on allowing the children to feel comfortable within themselves as well as getting them introduced to yoga as an activity.
The thing I noticed most was the community feel the whole event had, it had; mixing with lots of other ethically-minded people, interested to meet similar people. I managed to take some photos from the event in the Gallery below:
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