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Let’s play pretend

Updated 21st June 2023

Role play permeates our lives, be it playing pretend as a child, enjoying theatre and films, or yoga!

Role play helps us to make sense of the world. It’s no coincidence that yoga poses are named after natural things: yogis believe we can learn a lot from animals and the natural world around us. Along the trail are five animals you may find here in the woodlands… how do they move? Can you mimic them?

Let’s get physical

Physical movement in any form is proven to be good for our health. Even better, comparisons between exercise in natural and built environments show that in natural settings there were lower negative emotions like anger, sadness and frustration. It is also believed that those exercising in natural settings have half the risk of poor mental health than those who don’t. In other words, in whatever way you can, let’s get moving in the great outdoors!