Pretzel Play was established in 2017 for kids (toddlers to teenagers) of Northern Ireland and surrounding counties with the mission to educate kids on how to understand, manage and honour all their feelings and emotions.
Pretzel Play was founded by Tara-Lea who identified a need for children to have access to tools and education on how to navigate childhood, teenage years and into their adult lives during times of adversity, trying times and difficulties which life entails. Tara-Lea used her passion, knowledge and skills as a Mental Health Occupational Therapist, interest in the nervous system ,Adult and Kids Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness Practitioner and certified trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to develop a concept using these modalities to provide kids with skills, information and empowerment.
The aim of Pretzel Play is to provide developmental, age appropriate, play based sessions, classes and workshops to educate kids to Be Brave Be Strong and Be Kind. Pretzel Play uses kids yoga concepts, mindfulness, meditation, play, mindful craft, affirmations, mantras, breathing techniques, relaxation, guided meditation and movement to encourage and promote and support resilience, self regulation, grounding, self awareness, nurturing and honouring of all our feelings and emotions, coping skills, self love, compassion, empathy, a growth mindset and a bounce back ability for children to be able to thrive.
To date Pretzel Play has been involved with over 2000 kids via classes, workshops and sessions throughout Ireland. The Pretzel Play workshop has been completed by over 300 participants including Teachers, Parents, Carers, Educators, Health Professionals and thoses that work or volunteer with kids throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK, Europe and Australia. The workshops provide an introduction to Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation concepts and how to use this with kids day to day.