14 July 2016

Imagination Yoga stretches young bodies and minds

Children participate in an Imagination Yoga session, embracing the four dimensions of Hauroa/Wellbeing.

Imagination Academy Director Louise with the children 1200x600

Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health unique to New Zealand and is also found in our national curriculum. It comprises taha tinana, taha hinengaro, taha whānau, and taha wairua — or the physical, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions of wellbeing also recognised by the World Health Organisation.

The Imagination Yoga session, led by Louise Buckingham of Siouxie Solar’s Imagination Academy, embraced the dimensions of Hauroa.

Taha tinana — The children stretched and moved their physical bodies, increasing their awareness of its strength, flexibility, and how to care for it.

Taha hinengaro — The children were encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings, and use their imaginations and creativity. Everyone chose costumes and became whatever they wanted to be, including the staff!

Taha whānau — Sometimes the children had to work with a buddy, or together as a whole group to complete a physical activity. There was a real sense of participation, cooperation, and shared enjoyment.

Taha wairua — The session centred around fun and allowing children to be children, reinforcing the importance of their individual identities, values, and beliefs.

Cholmondeleys ABL Coordinator Lawrence in costumeThere was a lot of laughter and many smiles, and the children said they “felt better” after their session and would like to do Imagination Yoga again.

The concept of hauora is currently being implemented across Cholmondeley’s other programmes, including Adventure Based Learning, to enhance and grow wellbeing at every opportunity.


Visit the Imagination Academy website for more information on Imagination Yoga, or to contact Louise to arrange a session.