Parents Activities

Parents benefit from the social and supportive aspects of meeting with others at their children’s SNAP activities, but sometimes it is good to have an opportunity to relax together without their children.

Parent Yoga

For parents of children/young people with special needs

Suitable for complete beginner or those with some experience.

“I both enjoy and benefit in terms of general wellbeing – quite substantially by attending these yoga sessions – really brilliant.”

Our yoga sessions aim to improve both mental and physical well-being. They incorporate both gentle, restorative yoga as well as postures that will energise and build strength, so helping to release tension from the body and mind, bringing us into a calm, more relaxed state.

Our resident yoga teacher, Sarah tells us about the enjoyment and well-being benefits of attending our weekly sessions.

“Yoga is accessible to just about everybody.

I have been practising yoga for more than 25 years, and teaching for around 17 years. I was drawn to try yoga after I had my children, as a gentle way to get back to tness and to nd some time and space for myself. I felt so good after my rst class – I had to keep going.

Our adult classes take the form of a gentle mindful strengthing and stretching practice, helping the participants gently improve their tness and mobility. People are often concerned that they need to be exible to attend – yoga can be done sitting in a chair for those with less mobility, or using other forms of support to help us to gain greater exibility – the idea is that yoga will help people improve exibility, not that you have to be exible to begin with! Our sessions at SNAP are very relaxed, informal and inclusive.

The session usually starts with checking in with how we are feeling internally, noticing our breathing and just learning to pause for a few moments to ground ourselves. We will then move on to gentle oor or chair based postures that will stretch and strengthen the spine and the core, before moving through postures on our hands and knees, and standing postures before nishing with a period of relaxation.The group is very supportive and the class is suitable for anyone with or without experience.

Yoga has a multitude of health bene ts from the strengthening and stretching of the muscles and joints as already mentioned, to bringing greater agility, mobility and stability into the body. Deep breathing and connecting to our breath as we move helps to lower adrenalin levels, and calm the nervous system, helping us to let go of stress. Yoga helps us to notice our thoughts and habits, and how these have an impact on our well-being.

In our young people sessions we work in a similar format and they learn to notice their bodies, emotions and feelings, and how to self regulate, to notice stress and anxiety, and learn techniques to help them deal with these things. All presented in a fun, active and interactive way.

Yoga helps us to understand and become aware of our bodies, our posture, our breathing, and how this impacts on our health and well- being – this is something that we can then take into our everyday life.

Many students regularly practise some of the simple relaxation techniques outside of the class.

Most people find that after their first class they will often sleep better, and this is mostly due to learning to let go of both physical and mental tension in the body which allows us to truly rest. Yoga is about bringing together the mind and body in a non-competitive way; bringing greater awareness of what we are feeling and experiencing.

Mindfulness – which is an integral part of any yoga practice – has proven health benefits in helping to reduce anxiety and depression, and improve mood and wellbeing, by teaching people to be able to stand back from their thoughts and worries and to respond rather than react to their life stresses.”

“The breathing and deep relaxation techniques have been proven to reduce stress, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, along with reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.”

Call 01277 211300 for further information

SNAP would like to thank Brentwood Borough Council and Livewell for their support of Parent Yoga.

               

Fridays

Term time – 9.30am to 10.30am

Coffee Mornings

For parents and grandparents of children/young people with special needs

Occasional dates for a particular focus group.

“It’s such a relief to be able to sit and chat to other mums and dads who really ‘get’ what I’m going through. I’ve learnt so much from listening to other people’s experiences too.“

These opportunities give parents a chance to chat with each other, share experiences and information, and receive support from a parent adviser or guest speaker.

Previous coffee mornings have focused on a particular diagnosis; children who have recently started school; those in special schools; grandparents; plus other topics.

Keep a look out for your email alerts and the Training page of our website for future opportunities.

Call 01277 211300 for further information

Occasional Wednesdays

Term time – 11.15am to 1.15pm

Activities for all the family

Discover the wide range of activities that SNAP has to offer for other age groups who have any special need or disability, their siblings and their parents.

“As a parent it’s the support you offer all the family, not just the children, that has surprised me the most.”