Cathedral School Llandaff

Co-Curricular Yoga (Term Time)
Junior & Senior pupils

Co-Curricular Yoga

NamasJay Yoga runs co-curriculum sessions at Cathedral School Llandaff alongside curriculum sessions, as part of P.E. sessions.

Seniors | All Years | Mondays | 4:05 pm | 11 Weeks 

Juniors | Years 5 & 6 | Thursdays | 4:05 | 13 Weeks


  • Sessions include yoga poses that aid strength building, flexibility, joint mobility and aid the reduction of any stress and anxiety.​​
  • Group work allows pupils to work with peers and exhibit responsible personal and social behaviour that respects self and others.
  • Games will not only strengthen what we are learning in yoga. It could also help pupils achieve and maintain a healthy level of physical activity and fitness. ​
  • Through simple meditation techniques, pupils can learn how to breathe deeply, which leads to the reduction of stress. ​


Children & Mental Health

1 %*
of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday.
1 %*
of mental health problems in adult life take root before 15 years old.
yoga for children
Benefits Of Yoga

There are many benefits of yoga, but for children, these benefits could significantly improve overall wellbeing, physical, mental and emotional health, social skills, confidence and brain development.

Yoga benefits the brain by increasing a readiness to learn, enriching the mind and creating new brain cells, through movement (exercise) this can be achieved. A study found that not only new brain cells were created but, brain cells survived longer, which is useful in learning and retaining new information (Ratey, 2008). Yoga can improve and aid cognitive functions, emotions and social learning.

Physiologically yoga can support the musculoskeletal system by increasing bone strength, supporting the muscular system. Through yoga, tension is reduced in the muscles and muscles are strengthened — improving posture, maximising the power of joint movement, reducing the risk of injuries and improving performance.

Yoga promotes self-awareness as, during yoga, the focus is internal, and there is no competition. Success is not dependent on the performance of peers. Yoga is a time to shift awareness to become aware of what is going on inside us. As a self-reflective practice, yoga allows students to tune into themselves and tune out everything else.

Yoga benefits the nervous system by decreasing the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and muscular tension, resulting in the reduction of stress, anxiety and improving sleep quality, therefore, allowing the nervous system to experience less stress.

Other systems that are benefited by yoga include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, immune system and the respiratory system.

By practising yoga, one can learn to become more self-awareness and understand one’s thoughts and emotions. By doing so, this can result in influencing behaviour, relationships, decision making, and lead to evaluate and make constructive choices by recognising the well being of self and others and while also considering the consequences.

Seniors | Mondays

Monday (Term time) 4:05pm – 5:05pm
The Gym (Upstairs)

Clothing: P.E. Kit (Cannot take part otherwise.)
Collection: The Gym

(11 Weeks) (£4.50 Per Session)

Juniors | Thursdays

Thursday (Term time) 4:05pm – 5:05pm
Memorial Hall

Clothing: P.E. Kit (Cannot take part otherwise.)
Collection: Junior Playground 

(13 Weeks) (£4.50 Per Session)

Jay Symonds

Founder & Director
Yoga Teacher

Jay started practising yoga and meditation after his first year of university, where he struggled with anxiety, stress, which resulted in dropping out. Yoga helped Jay regain his focus and motivation to return to university and complete his degree in BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems.

Yoga and meditation allowed him to graduate with a 2:1 overall, 1st in his dissertation, which was published in a conference paper. Jay is determined and passionate to bring yoga and meditation to those who could benefit from these practices.

He went on to launch a not-for-profit business called NamasJay. NamasJay supports vulnerable children and young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and who may experience stress, anxiety, low confidence and self-esteem with free classes supported by the revenue and resources of the business side of NamasJay.

  • 200 Hours Registered Yoga Teacher
  • 70 Hours Children's & Teens Yoga Training
  • Full Enhanced DBS Checked
  • First Aid Trained Level 3
  • NSPCC Child Protection & Safeguarding
  • 3 Years Yoga Teaching Experience

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