Cen­tre a space for life skills

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A group of young Ex­mouth girls have been in­tro­duced to the world of yoga through free classes over the past few months.

Hatha Yoga Flow owner Naomi Mallin has been con­duct­ing the classes for the Ex­mouth PCYC Girls Safe Space group with the help of Nin­ga­loo IGA.

Mrs Mallin said the group had be­gun the ac­tiv­i­ties in Fe­bru­ary for girls from Year 7 and up.

“As part of a well­be­ing pro­gram for the girls Lau­ren (Ram­pling) got in touch with me to run a yoga class,” she said.

“It was a great hit with the girls and it is now planned to or­gan­ise a yoga class at the Hatha Yoga Flow stu­dio once a month as part of the group’s on­go­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Mrs Mallin said yoga’s ben­e­fits in­cluded im­proved strength and flex­i­bil­ity, con­cen­tra­tion, self-con­fi­dence and pos­ture.

Ex­mouth PCYC cen­tre man­ager Lau­ren Ram­pling said the girls and their par­ents had pro­vided pos­i­tive feedback about the yoga classes.

“The girls got so much out of it so we have de­cided to do it ev­ery month,” she said.

“I think the re­lax­ation was big thing for them to be hon­est.”

The safe space has been in­volved in sev­eral other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing self de­fence at the Nin­ga­loo Reef Gym, cook­ing and nu­tri­tion classes, arts and craft, and some harder tasks such as age-ap­pro­pri­ate talks about drugs and al­co­hol.

Mrs Ram­pling said any girls of of high school age were wel­come to at­tend the Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon ses­sions.

Pic­ture: Naomi Mallin

The Ex­mouth PCYC Girls Safe Space group has learned about yoga and its ben­e­fits through classes con­ducted by Hatha Yoga Flow.

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