bendy beans

Feeling connected. It’s at the heart of everything. The great richness and diversity of our communities is celebrated and drawn on by Mainspring. The more you contribute to something, the more a part of it you are. Our events and workshops seek to connect you with yourself, with each other and all of us with our community.

bendy beans yoga

We are really proud to have established our first bendy beans children’s yoga classes at John Stainer School in Brockley. These are fun sessions for ages 4 to 11, encouraging expression through movement, balance and calm: discover the shapes you can make and explore the stories you can tell with your body and your imagination. bendy beans classes also run at Gordonbrock School for ages 4–11 and at The Sunflower Centre for ages 4–8. Sessions are taught by YogaBeez teachers trained to use mindfulness and yoga to support each unique child’s wellbeing. All are DBS checked. To find out more and book, email

We aim to make these classes as accessible and affordable as possible. Two free places are created in each school-based class for children identified by the school as those who would most benefit. Part of the profits will contribute to generating further bursaries to train more parent-teachers. We plan to extend this project into as many local schools as possible. If you are a staff member or parent interested in bringing bendy beans into your school, get in touch. If you are able to make a donation to help train more parent-teachers we would love to hear from you:

To read more about bendy beans, read Soran’s blog on the topic here.


Some of the feedback so far:

Yoga was amazing, it was so fun and the teacher was really, really good. It’s weird because it was really calm and relaxing but fun and exciting too!’

‘On the inset day, the only thing she really wanted to do was make time for some yoga practice!’

‘When I feel sweaty and scrunched up, yoga helps me stretch out!’

‘He often comments that yoga can help with his dance and swimming 🙂 –thanks very much for making the class fun and interesting!’

‘I like everything! Everything was so nice and relaxing.’

‘I love yoga. I like doing yoga to interesting stories (and Amanda is nice).’