Storytelling school

Children can enjoy storytelling and yoga at Bloom

Parents looking to teach their kids a yoga spot in the park and allow them to spend time in an imaginary world will have a treat today at Bloom.

children’s author Emma-Jane Leeson, from near Prosperous, Co Kildare, who writes the Adventures of Johnny Magory books, has teamed up with Sarah Cahill, from Playlikeapes.com – a children’s yoga and movement class, in Newbridge, Co Kildare, to infuse storytelling with mindfulness.

Toddlers came together to learn about descending dogs and vinyas as they listened to stories about wildlife and the great outdoors – central themes of Johnny Magory’s books.

Emma-Jane, 36, who started writing children’s books after giving birth to her daughter at 18, has managed to turn it into a successful business.

And she was thrilled to see children discovering the books while practicing yoga together.

“It’s so nice to see the kids all together and having fun,” she said.

“That’s what the books are about. I wrote the books when I was 18 but left them in a box until my mum told me when I was 30, ‘won’t you do something with them?’

“My first book came out in 2016, then I left the Kerry band three years ago and have been doing it full time ever since.

“I’m also doing a television animation series. I have been fortunate enough to take many Enterprise Ireland and LEO courses. Children’s books are on sale in stores and there is also an application where the characters are in augmented reality. I feel really lucky, but I just didn’t give up.

Her daughter, Lilly, is due to turn 18 in July and Emma-Jane is now a mother of three.

Mother Linda Mackey, from Navan, Co Meath, watched with a smile as her children Rose, 11, and Betty, 12, practice yoga and listen to stories.

“It’s just beautiful,” she said. “It’s a little haven of peace away from the hustle and bustle of the crowd.

“It’s so special to see kids all together doing yoga and listening to stories because they’ve been through a lot with the pandemic, and yoga and mindfulness are such important techniques for kids to cope. to the stresses of life.

“Sometimes kids come home from school and it’s a rollercoaster of ups and downs, but knowing yoga can help kids regulate their emotions.

“It’s fantastic to be here today, we all needed it.”

Thousands of people enjoy Bloom again at Phoenix Park today. The weather had started off gloomy and seemed to threaten rain, but now the sun has come out and families are reveling in the first holidays.