Young yoga master leading the way in Bedford

Jaida O'Connor leads her class.
Jaida O'Connor leads her class.

AN 11-year-old Bayswater girl is proving you’re never too young to be mindful, leading early-morning yoga classes at MercyCare’s Bedford Early Learning Centre.

St Peters Primary School Year 6 student Jaida O’Connor hosts the 30-minute yoga sessions for children, from kindy to year 6, in a bid to improve their focus and wellbeing,

Tegan Hansen, co-ordinator at MercyCare’s Bedford Early Learning Centre, said the classes were a great way to get children active in the mornings.

“The yoga classes are an opportunity to awaken children in the mornings, both physically and mentally,” Ms Hansen said.

“All children are encouraged to participate to the best of their ability.

Their favourite part of the class is the freestyle dance portion where they can have fun and express themselves.”

Jaida’s mother Belinda, said her daughter enjoyed helping staff and the younger children.

“Her favourite part is teaching the dance moves,” she said.

“Jaida has flourished since she started leading the class.

“It’s a win-win – she gets just as much out of the yoga sessions as the young children do.”