A bendy, giggly world for strong bodies and clever minds
Tatty Bumpkin run fun, yoga-inspired classes to encourage movement and enhance development. The classes are held in private venues, nurseries, children’s centres and schools nationwide.
We see the process of child development and learning much like a branching tree.
The Roots Starting to develop a strong and flexible body which can ‘hold ourselves up’ against gravity for posture and movement. Sensing the world and starting to organise these sensations, which bombarded us from birth, so that we can effectively move and explore.
The Trunk Developing the ability to control our bodies in space, ensuring our bodies are both stable and orientated appropriately in any given situation and for any ‘task’ we may wish to do (Postural Control). The continued organisation by our brains of sensations we receive, both from within our bodies and the environment, enabling us to operate effectively in many different situations (Sensory Integration). Crucially, if children have the opportunity to experience and react to a wide range of environments whilst doing a varied range of activities we will build up a ‘library’ of movements and modifications which we can call upon in any situation (part the process of Motor Learning). These processes and abilities give us that viral confidence in ourselves and our abilities.
All aspects of the tree are important but often, in this modern world, the roots and trunk do not have time to fully form i.e. children might spend too long doing complex finger skills (using computer keyboards) and not enough time increasing their fundamental body and brain processes. Hence skills are developed on less secure foundations leading to both physical and mental stress in later life.