Yoga tots’ picnic for safe water

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More than 40 parents and their young children gathered to try out some yoga at a charity event in Ilkeston.

Baby yoga instructor Laurie Lowe hosted an open picnic in Victoria Park on Monday (August 4), where she coached beneficial exercises for babies and toddlers.

The event raised £83 for the Just a Drop water aid charity through the raffling off of prizes donated by local charities and through parents’ donations.

Laurie set up her company, Little Sage Yoga, with the aim of helping to promote calmness, improve attention spans and encourage self-esteem and creativity in youngsters.

“Children are bombarded with technology these days,” said the 40-year-old.

“This is an outlet for them to have fun and be themselves.”

Exercises for the toddlers involved imagining they were a balloon, a spot of pretend surfing and a chorus of ‘If you’re happy and you know it, rub your belly’.

The mother-of-two decided the money raised should go to Just a Drop, a charity close to her heart.

“We really do take it for granted that we have access to fresh water,” she said.

“We’re so blessed not to have to walk for miles everyday to keep ourselves alive and clean.”

Just a Drop support communities through the construction of wells, boreholes, pipelines, hand pumps and latrines and establishes health and sanitation programmes for some of the poorest and most remote regions in the world.