Local family friendly events for the next few weeks.

As the weather is getting better and a school break is coming up, here are some local things you may enjoy doing with your kids as well as few suggestions if you want to travel:

Spring Festival for Persian New Year - Norouz Bazaar in St John's Wood

March 10-11, Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 to 17:00

It’s the countdown to a colourful 28th annual a charity Norouz Bazaar at Danubius Hotel, opposite Lord’s Cricket Ground, St Johns Wood. A great place to join on #MothersDay to savour the flavour of world’s most famous Spring Festival! #PersianNewYear 

Family friendly free event in St Jhon's Wood

Easter Fayre, St. John's Wood.

March 17-18, Saturday and Sunday, 11:00-18:00

Come and join St. John's Hospice at the annual Easter Fayre  at St John’s Wood Church Gardens, Wellington Road (entrance), NW8 7PF.

Children can enjoy new and classic fairground rides, take donkey rides in the park and join in with our great big Easter Egg Hunt! There will be various stalls, including food.


a bit further away from St John's Wood...


Family Day: Chamber Challenge

March 24, Saturday, 10:30-15:30 at Wigmore Hall

Interactive workshop day for families with children aged 5 plus with Diphonon Duo (viola and accordion), on a marvellous music-making adventure.


My First Ballet: Swan Lake at Peacock Theatre

29 March - 7 April at Peacock Theatre.

Family friendly - age guidance is 3+ . All ages will be admitted and children 2 years old and above will need a ticket. Family ticket: 4 tickets for £65, available on tickets that are usually £20 each. Family ticket must include at least 2 children.

Ballet for children

and event further away...

Visit Roald Dahl Musium as a different day out with your children...

The Roald Dahl Museum is a great little family Museum, situated in Great Missenden, the Buckinghamshire village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years.

The Museum, aimed at 6 to 12 year olds, features three hands-on galleries and is home to the Roald Dahl archive. Plan to join museum's story-telling or activities to enjoy the visit more.

Enjoy the spring!

Tips on how to organise your wardrobe

As the spring is coming up, we all feel inspired to clear out clutter at our home and organise our wardrobes. I have done it with the Autumn/Winter clothes and now I am getting ready for Spring/Summer.

Here are some tips I am happy to share and I hope you found them useful:

1) Don't try to tackle everything in one go. Focus on one season at a time;

2) Take everything out for the season and sort into four piles: keep/keep but need to fix/give away/not sure. I found I needed two things: a mirror that showed my back (or a friend who can take photos from your back), and a professional eye to see objectively what fits well for my figure today and is not completely outdated. It can be a personal stylist (the best £60-100 you spend for your wardrobe) or a reliable friend.

3) Do not be tempted to put many things in "not sure" pile and if you do - give yourself a deadline (if you do not wear it once over the next month, you give it away). Apart of what you keep,  piles go into three large boxes you commit to deal with over a fixed period of time. How to know what to get rid off - if you have not worn it last year season, you are not likely to wear it this year.

3) Before putting back into the wardrobe what you decided to keep: (a) make a list of combination of clothes to wear together (one bottom piece should have at least three different tops to combine with), (b) make sure everything is visible and easy to reach (you will not remember the clothes you do not see).

4) Decide on 3-4 items you can add to your wardrobe this season to refresh the look. Research online before you go shopping to avoid compulsive buying. What you buy should be easy to combine with what you have and you should have couple of options for each piece.

I am not good to follow the fashion trends to know what are the staple items for Spring/Summer,  but that is why I will be joining Natasha Vinnikova to listen to her take on Spring/Summer trends after the London fashion week on colours, patterns and fabric.

I hope to see many of you on March 16 at 11:30.

Personal Stylist
Source: https://www.instagram.com/n.v.stylist/

Seven tips for your child's perfect birthday party

Here is a simple checklist to make sure everything goes well for your son/daughter's birthday party:

1. List of invited guests. I always find it useful to run a list of invited kids to track replies, goodie bags, etc. Make it clear in your invitation, if siblings are welcome or you prefer to limit the number of guests (if your party’s venue has constraints, guests would understand as soon as you put it politely). I always ask in the invitation to confirm if a guest is coming with a little brother or sister so I have plenty of goodie bags and don’t have to run last minute to find a spare chair. So your option is either to use

  • Excel - free but not automated

  • Paperless Post - very easy to use but not a free service

  • Kindergifts - a new free online party invitation service, which allows you not only to invite guests but also (a) invite guests to contribute towards one meaningful gift your child chooses; and (b) support a charity of your family's choice.

2. Theme for the party & decorations:  Your child probably will tell you exactly what s/he would love the party to be about.  However, in case you need some inspiration, have a look at the parties we run at the club over the last few years, here. We have much more inspiration on our Facebook page too. 

Trolls' Birthday Party at 3 House Club

Check list for what to order as a party decoration:

  • foil balloons (number for age and a character) and balloon weights;

  • latex balloons and ribbons to match,

  • plates (main and cake), spoons (cake) & forks (if hot food), cups, napkins, straws;

  • table confetti and table cover;

  • scene setters, cut-outs, banners (you can do personalised);

  • garlands and hanging decorations;

  • helium.

3. Entertainment: there is a wide range available in London, but here are more general suggestions by age:

  • 1-2 yrs old: you easily can keep your guests happy with some toys, music and some soft play. If you want to hire some entertainment, I found that for this age live music with rhymes or a puppet show is a good option;

  • 3-4 yrs old:  music and rhymes still work well with some simple games and story improvisation; you can also try live farm animals show or art/craft activities;

  • 5-6 yrs old: games, magician, live animals (predators or farm), sport activities, cooking or cupcake decoration, cinema, t-shirt print making, science party;

  • 7-9 yrs old:  as above plus make up & dressing up with fashion show, military/spy operation/training, guided tours to stadiums, museums (with some activities afterwards), bus party, laser tags, go karting race.

Extra touch: bouncy castle, facepainter, balloon makers, photographer, mascot visits for special guests (i.e. Peppa Pig).

4. Food for kids and adults: We always suggest to go for simple food kids love. Pizza or pasta, some fruit and vegetable, apple juice and water are easy and always work.  I always believe it is nice touch to offer some food and drinks for adults. We usually go for some tea/coffees with pastries for a morning party, prosecco/wine/beer with some finger food for the afternoon. 

5. Cake: The main choice usually is among 3D cake, a flat cake (you can have an edible photo) or cupcakes. Good bakeries can make you a cake from a photo you find on the internet for your theme.  We are using few places if you need an advice – let us know (info@3HouseClub.com).

6. Goodie bags. We always go for a nice book (on the party theme), a small toy and one sweet for older children.  Lollies or Haribo will do or you can do for a nicer treats thematic based (e.g. check Waitrose or M&S for Frozen or Peppa chocolate lollies).

7. Venue: The venue choice depends on your entertainment, number of guests,  parking, public transport access as well as if you want all to be organised for you or your prefer to do it yourself.

We will be happy for your to give us a call if you have any questions and there are more FAQ about our parties here.   

We love parties and we always try our best for the parents and children to have the most stress-free and fun memorable experience at 3 House Club. It is a party afterall!

Online Safety Tips: few things you may find useful

Here some useful tips how to keep your child safe online:

Toddlers and Pre-School

The main risk for this age is for toddler come across some inappropriate images while watching a cartoon on YouTube. So the first step is to set up a safety mode on your YouTube page (see a guiding video here). You can also choose YouTube Kids as a safer platform to watch videos and Swiggle and Kids-Search as an alternative for Google when your little one starts searching online. If you are letting your kids to use Google search, you can exclude inappropriate search results by setting the Safe Search Lock (see video how to do it here).

School children

1) Educate your child: I believe this is the most important step as you can not control all devices you child would be able to access (think about playdates). A great source for you as a parent to read what to discuss with your child is Think You Know . The site gives advice for parents and children from 5 to 14+.

2) Know what your child is doing on the internet including games, apps and websites. The risk to consider if the app/game/site is age appropriate, can kids chat online with strangers while playing the game, can app allow anonymous chats, can messages self-destroy, can a child GEO locations be tracked. I would suggest Family Sharing setting for your devices, so what your child downloads on his/her iPad comes to your phone and you can see and just talk with your child that any new games, sites usage should be agreed with you.  As sometimes kids know apps that we do not, you can educate yourself about the games and apps here.

3) Set the rules: it is important to set clear boundaries and rules for your child online behaviour. Such as what information not to disclose, what sites and apps are not allowed, what pictures not to share. If you have a real rebellion and you want more control over your child online behavior, there are some apps that help you to limit Internet usage of your children such Our Pack or Screen Limit. There is also an app ReplyASAP to block a mobile phone of your child (or maybe a husband) until she/he responds to your message.

4) If you do not have a trustful relationship with your child, you may educate yourself on secret folders that older children may download to hide files that they do not want you to see. Some examples are below:


If something is bothering you or your child, make a screenshot of any message (as they can be self-destroyed in some case) and there is a website Child Exploitation and Online Protection command where you can report your concerns.

We hope you find it useful, and do let us know if there other useful tools you can suggest to the parents or if you have any questions.

List of inspiring movies to watch with your children (above 7 yrs old)

If you are planning some time off the next week and chill-out with your kids, here is a list of (mainly sport inspired) movies based on true stories you can watch together:

1) Cool Runnings (especially with the Winder Olympics around the corner);
2) Miracle;
3) Invincible;
4) Glory Road;
5) The Rookie;
6) Remember the titans;
7) The greatest game ever played;
8) Secretariat; and my personal favourite

9) Queen of Katwe.

In case you have younger kids and you need a bit of help to look after them, do remember we have a creche service next week either from 9:30 to 1:30 pm or 1:30pm till 5:30pm. See details here

Chance to win two tickets for Tchaikovsky & Marvellous Kingdom show

Would you like to win 2 tickets for to enjoy a classical music show with your baby or toddler this Sunday 11 Feb 12pm show from Aurora Orchestra of Tchaikovsky & Marvellous Kingdom

Choose a social media of your preference (Instrgam or Facebook) and enter the competition (winner is selected on Thu at 12:00):

1) follow 3 House Club and AuroraOrchestra 
2) Like the post (here for Facebook or Instagram) and tag two friends who maybe interested in the show.

Good luck!

Far, Far Away: Tchaikovsky and the Marvellous Kingdom
Half-term shows 10-11 & 17-18 February, various times - Kings Place

Join Aurora Orchestra musicians on a glittering adventure through the Marvellous Kingdom: meet singing ducks, dancing shoes, and soaring space rockets. This immersive, multi-sensory show weaves together new chamber arrangements of Tchaikovsky’s enchanting music with an original story from Aurora Writer-in-Residence Kate Wakeling. Young audiences (aged 0-4) and their families are invited to listen, sing, dance, and enter a magical world of music, discovery, and play.

Tchaikovsky and the Marvellous Kingdon.jpg
Source: http://www.auroraorchestra.com/event/tchai...

Tips for using essential oils during the pregnancy

I have met Pamela few months ago, and as I am always looking for a natural way to treat health issues, she was a blessing. I bought from her the oil-mix for muscle pain as well as pine cembro oil for the defuser to help with running nose for my kids and it made such a difference. 

Bellow are some tips Pamela shares for aromatherapy during the pregnancy:

I recommend the lipid extract of plants, ( solar macerations) of Lavender or Camomille and Rose during the first three months.

The massage oil I principally use contains Petit grain bigaradier, Lavande officinal with the solar maceration of Rose Centifolia.

In case of infections such as colds the essential oil of Ravinsara may be used on advise of a qualified aromatherapist.

* Great care must be taken as to the quality of essential oils used.

There are numerous things a pregnant woman can do to help herself and her unborn child, such as eating well and avoiding alcohol, cigarettes and drugs of any kind. A pregnant mothers' mental attitude to her pregnancy is very important. All the baby's organs are being formed in the first few months, and whatever the mother feels, thinks and does will have an effect on it.

Diet is very important, the future mother has a responsibility to her baby to eat well during her pregnancy, the baby will benefit greatly from healthy natural foods. It is wise to eat plenty of vegetables, lightly steamed or raw and organic where possible, and to have a good intake of protein.

Morning sickness can be trying, though it doesn't usually last long. Eating little and often and avoiding rich, heavy or fried foods, eating slowly and chewing well. Drinking herbal infusion of Camomille can have a soothing effect in the stomach.

Its is important to get plenty of rest during pregnancy. I recommend at least one hour's total rest each day, feet up, and doing nothing more taxing than listening to some music or reading.

Aromatherapy Treatment

The aromatherapy massage treatment is done in two stages. Stage one is for when she is just pregnant and can still lie on her abdomen. Stage two is for when she can no longer lie on her abdomen; at this time, she sits up in the massage couch, sideways, with her feet resting on a stool, a pillow on her lap in which to rest her arms and a towel around her chest and legs to keep warm.

First the neck and back are massaged, these are often the seat of much tension. I use the solar maceration of Lavender or Camomille during the first three months, adding essential oils later as the foetus is more formed. The client then lies on her back, propped up by pillows under her head and legs, or however she feels most comfortable, and is given a facial, using a preparation according to the quality of her skin. I then massage the solar plexus, abdomen and legs and she rests of ten minutes.

Often women arrive feeling a little tired or nervous; the abdomen is often tight and the baby tends to move about a lot.

After the treatment it is amazing how often she feels that the baby has settled down and how wonderfully relaxed her abdomen feels.

A weekly treatment is best, but that will obviously depend on the time available to the individual mother. Fortnightly or monthly treatment still provides excellent care.

What does the treatment do?

First of all it is relaxing and helps to stop the build up of tension, especially in the neck and shoulders and in the later stages of pregnancy the lower back, which is sometimes affected by the extra weight of the baby.

It is uplifting and improves the flow of energy and minimises fatigue, which is usual during the first three months and again towards the end of pregnancy.

It is revitalising. It improves skin tone, helping to reduce small imperfections.

It improves circulation. Veins tend to become more apparent during pregnancy, there is a greater tendency to varicose veins, thread veins and haemorrhoids, therefore this is particularly important.

It stimulates lymphatic drainage and the elimination of toxic wastes from the system. This is important during pregnancy because of the greater tendency to fluid retention, which is often visible as swelling of the ankles and feet.

It tones muscles. This combats aches and pains caused by distended ligaments, and alleviates any tendency to cramp, which can occur towards the fifth month.

It maintains the skin's suppleness and elasticity; the therapeutic effect of the essential oils and vegetable oils coupled with the massage induces physical and mental relaxation.

It is psychologically supportive for the mother.

It prepares for child birth. Regular treatments help to keep the body in harmony.


Getting back to the job market

For those of us who took time to stay at home after having a child, it may be a bit intimidating to get back to the job market. One of the way to ease the way is to get involved with local small businesses. 

A lot of parents setting up their own businesses after having children to get more flexibility and those businesses are always looking for extra help from professionals.

It may be a great opportunity for you to sharpen your business thinking and even add something to your CV if you volunteer for any advisory role within a start-up.

How to spot these opportunities? Check local mum Facebook groups if any such businesses are looking for volunteers to help in any part of their business, ranging from social media and marketing support to business plan or strategy review. You can also start meeting business owners who run user groups as the first step to meet start-ups.

3 House Club is hosting such an opportunity run by Kindergifts this Thursday, Februar 1,  from 7 to 9 pm.  The meeting is a user group set up and the founders are looking for ideas and reviews for their business.

Be open minded and generous with your skills and time, and great opportunities may come. 

Source: https://www.kindergifts.co.uk/

Masterclasses for gifted children with Tomorrow Achievers at 3 House Club

We are proud to start collaboration with Tomorrow's Achievers, an organisation that provides specialist masterclasses for nearly 1,000 gifted children across the country every year.


The courses cover a wealth of topics – including science, technology, maths, philosophy, literature and the arts – in ways which engage, stretch and challenge the most able students.

Below is the list of courses we will be hosting at 3 House Club, St John's Wood during November and December.

We offer £5 off the tickets for our clients and members but discounted tickets are limited only for two places per masterclass. If the tickets on our site is sold out, you would be able to buy full-price tickets directly at tomorrow's achievers' site


Here is the list of the courses as well as link to buy the tickets:

November 5,  Sunday, 10;00 -15:00

Wonderland (literacy, history, creative thinking and maths)

Age: Year 1-3 (5-8 yrs old)

November 5, Sunday, 10:00 - 16:00

It’s Maths, but not what you’re used to!

Age: Year 3-5 (7-10 yrs old)

These maths workshops are for children who are already excited about mathematics and want to see, and do, more than they have the opportunity to do in school. The focus is on logical reasoning, "thinking like a mathematician" and problem solving, together with mathematical acceleration. We will get together and carry out exploration of many topics from algebra, geometry, number theory, probability and number logic plus other areas of the curriculum.

The contests are enjoyable, spurring interest in mathematics and offering challenging problems of a different nature than those you may encounter in a math class.

You will develop your number skills and manipulation, and your application of the functions of maths, through solving many exciting challenges, maths games and puzzles.

Join us and develop your maths skills confidence and understanding and learn new techniques, without a textbook in sight.

Led by Philip Callaghan-Wright

November 5,  Sunday, 10:00 -15:00

Fire in the Soul! (art of Painting with Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Leger and Kandinsky)

Age: Year 2-6 (6-11 yrs old)

Fire in the Soul!

Kandinsky: “Each colour lives by its mysterious life (…) - to create an artwork is to create the world.” Painting with Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Leger and Kandinsky you will gain an insight into their techniques, use of shape, colour and composition; as well as the ideas behind the artworks. Inspired by their thoughts and works – which according to Miro “must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness” - you will create your own colourful portfolio of masterpieces and ideas!

Led by Tania Gil Horta

December 3, Sunday, 10:00 – 14:30

Mathematical Minions

Age: Year 1-3 (5-8 yrs old)

Can one small mathematical Minion solve a huge problem? Have you heard of strength in numbers, the power of numbers and taking away problems? 

The little Minions need your help. Their beautiful land by the sea has been attacked by the Giant Gnomes of Gnaw.  Gnomes are mean and green and they double in size every day - and they want Minion land for themselves.  Bring your maths head and join the Minions.  Learn about the power of numbers and be strong together.  Begone Gnomes! 

(This class employs a creative approach to maths. Children will use creative thinking skills and logic to apply numerical concepts to story and model making.)

Led by Tracey Martin

December 3, Sunday, 10:00 – 15:30

The Egg Carrier Challenge (laws of physics)

Age: Year 3-5 (7-10 yrs old)

Have you ever considered how laws of physics impact on our daily lives?  Have you ever thought about the shapes we see around us in all the objects we use every day?  Why are some shapes seen more often than others?  Do some have different strengths?  What are forces?  And why must they be thought about when making a product?   What are the different types of motion that make some things move?

We will look at shapes to see which are strong or weak and look at some of the forces that have to be considered when making an object. Then, we will construct some things using different shapes and, by testing them to destruction, discover which shapes are the strongest.

Now to the challenge!  Working in teams, you will construct a simple cart or capsuleand compete with the other teams to see which one can safely carry an egg, without breaking it, over the greatest distance.   You might even be daring enough to launch a capsule into the air.  But remember you mustn't break the egg.  

When you get home, if your parents agree, you might have a competition with them or local friends to see who can safely carry an egg the furthest. 

Led by Philip Callaghan-Wright

December 3, Sunday, 10:00 – 15:00

Monsters and Surrealist Art

Age: Year 2-6 (6-11 yrs old)

In our increasingly globalised world, artists break away from tradition. They embark on explorational journeys of their own fragmented identity. On our own journey through the Tate, you will explore some of their most exciting works and try some of their ideas to create your own soulful sketches!

Led by Tania Gil Horta

December 10, Sunday, 10:00 – 15:00

Who's that in the Mirror!

Age: Year 1-3 (5-8 yrs old)

This will be a day for talking, reading, writing, making sculptures and drawings...all about YOU! Who are you really? What do you want to do with your time? What do you want to achieve in the future and what skills will you need to succeed?

December 10, Sunday, 10:00 – 15:30

Numbers Can Be Fun - Honest!

Age: Year 3-5 (7-10 yrs old)

A day of fun and games, challenges and puzzles, designed to build your skills, confidence and application when working with numbers and the important functions in maths. Learn to co-operate with others as well as work on your own to find the solutions, through a whole range of tasks, hands-on puzzles and challenges which will boost your mathematical skills.

Not a text book in sight! You will be amazed how new skills will develop which will make you an even better ‘maths practitioner’.

You will soon be able to design your own maths games and puzzles and challenge the rest of the group to solve them: 2D or 3D, it’s up to you. Challenge yourself to learn more about number, shape, time, dimension, even simple algebra. The sky’s the limit. Let the fun begin!

Led by Philip Callaghan-Wright

December 10, Sunday, 10:00 – 16:00

Who Am I? Art, Stories and Identity

Age: Year 2-6 (6-11 yrs old)

Surrealist artists took inspiration from dreams, the unconscious mind, and memories of childhood. We shall make artworks inspired by the Surrealists’ images and by drawing our own experiences and memories. We shall use elements of chance and randomness to create our own surrealist works in a variety of media.

Led by Tania Gil Horta

Our art teacher participates in the London project for children.

The installation was created during the Travel Unravelled summer program at Watermans Arts Center .

Ema project.jpg

It consists of a relational structure intended to generate a space for free creative flow. Paintings, drawings, monoprints, screenprints and poetic texts were added to the boat-like structure by the participants, either through workshops led by various artists or, freely, while visiting the gallery.
The artistic intention was to poetise the space, to generate a space for creation and poetical communication.
The concepts of the art workshops were created in collaboration with the theatre director and educator Francesca Camozzi and the construction of the installation and delivery of art activities, through the dedicated, invaluable contribution of the fine artist Simona Lupusor.
The boat-like shape of the site-specific structure makes reference to the environment of the gallery, situated on the bank of the river Thames and its surrounding docs and ships, some inhabited by the locals. The curvilinear space also refers to the waving surface of the water nearby. The poems later added to the boat by participants beautifully echo this metaphorical spatial experience.
The art piece was part of a series of various workshops that were part of the Watermans Travel Unravelled program https://www.watermans.org.uk/events/travel-unravelled-exhibition-2017/
The art educational workshops that led to the creation of the boat-structure were the following:

-Printmaking –monoprints with various textures (inspired by surrealist imagery , children experimented with printmaking, and the results were vivid and fascinating)
-Making miniature boat sculptures (small assemblages suggesting the shape of the big structure they became part of)
-Creating original celestial globes inspired by instruments for navigation ( a concept created by the artist educator Francesca Camozzi; after researching old navigational instruments , maps of the sky and mythological storytelling about constellation, children created their own imaginary constellations and painted them on their model plaster globes)
-Screen-printing the boat-sculpture’s sails (workshops created by fine artist Nicole Line)
Most of the participants in the workshops were very young, with ages ranging from 4 to 16, but adults also collaborated and contributed to the art piece.

The project was coordinated by Caroline Jeyaratnam-Joyner, Head of Participative Arts Development of Watermans Arts Centre.

JOIN US TODAY WITH YOU KIDS at 15:15 for 3-4 yrs old and 16:15 for 5-8 yrs old

Meeting local pregnant women

Yesterday we had a great evening with a group of expecting mums living in St John's Wood.  

It's great seeing people making friends. It can be a lonely journey becoming a mother as your social group is changing and as everything is a new experience, a support from a friend makes a huge difference.

We also would like to say a special thanks to Maria Thakrar. 

Maria Thakrar, a qualified Nutritional Therapist, who shared her thoughts about the foods you should eat more of during your pregnancy and those you should avoid.

She explained how a healthy diet can help you through your pregnancy and can ensure that your baby gets the best start. 

Maria is a mother to two young girls. She has always been passionate about healthy eating and the healing power of food. Her interest in the field of nutrition started when she was pregnant with her first daughter. She was very aware that the food she was eating was the main source of nutrients for her baby - and she wanted to give her the best. She started researching the topic and eventually signed up to do a Nutritional Therapy degree.

Maria's Nutritional Therapy practice is based in South Hampstead. She firmly believes that a one size approach to nutrition just does not work. As such, she works hand in hand with her clients to understand their requirements and creates targeted nutrition plans that suit their individual needs. As a foodie and loves finding and creating recipes for her clients that are delicious, healthy and easy to make.

If you are a pregnant mum-to-be and live in Maida Vale, St. John's Wood, Primrose Hill or Swiss Cottage and missed the meeting yesterday, do drop us an email to info@3HouseClub.com to find out about an upcoming meeting.

If you have any questions about nutrition, feel free to contact Maria at mariathakrar@gmail.com or follow her on Instagram.





Classes during next week: 31.07-4.08

Please also notice that during the week of July 31- August 4 we will move all the classes to Borrow Hill Junior School as we will run some maintenance work at 3 House Club. There will be some balloons and signs to follow the entrance. We are sorry for any inconvenience. On the positive side, children will be able to use a wonderful playground at the school.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Summer Break 4 Hour Sessions for kids at 3 House Club.

Dear parents, grandparents and kids, we've got some great news for you: during this summer break we will be offering special 4-hour sessions for kids aged from 4 to 6 years old.

What does this mean?

We will have morning (9:30-13:30) & afternoon sessions (13:30-17:30), every day, Monday-Friday, starting from July 9th to September 1st.

You can just have a look on your agenda and pick a date and time when you'd like your child to attend our summer break special sessions.

The structure of the sessions.

The kid will join one of our age-appropriate classes. We offer a wide range of classes: from music, arts, dance, ballet to minifootball and more. Please check our live schedule and pick a class.

Plus, he/she will be involved in indoor/outdoor play time, along with other kids, and do art/crafts activities for 3 hours. 

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A new FREE class for adults is starting very soon at 3 House Cub: an entry level Ashtanga Yoga Class. It certainly looks as if the Yoga craze is more than just a craze. No longer something that is practiced only by alternative types coming back from long trips to India, Yoga, it seems, is here to stay. With studios and clothing stores cropping up left, right and centre, and more styles of practice than I care to mention (Bikram, Hot, Iyengar, Yin, Power, Prenatal, Postnatal etc.), it's perfectly natural to wonder, wait, which one is Ashtanga again?

Let's have a quick look at it before rolling out our yoga mats.

Ashtanga - full name: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga - is a style of Hatha Yoga, or "forceful Yoga", in other words Yoga of the body. This distinction is quite important, as Yoga in its totality is actually a much wider system of ancient Liberation teachings and practices which has influenced many Indian religions over the centuries. Ashtanga Yoga, meaning "Eight-limbed" Yoga, borrows its name from one of the key texts of the Yoga school of Hindu thought, the Yoga Sutras, in which an eight-step path is laid out leading on to spiritual freedom. The practice of asanas, or poses, is one step of this path.

Ashtanga Yoga in its modern form was developed in the earlier part of the last century by an Indian man from Mysore in southern India, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (simply Guruji to his students). Jois was a Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta student, the latter being a sub-tradition of the larger school of Hindu philosophy of Vedanta. From a young age, Jois studied under the guidance of Krishnamacharya, known as "The Father of Modern Yoga", himself a learned Sanskrit scholar who mastered numerous asanas from a teacher whom he sought out in a cave in Tibet, Ramamohana Brahmachari.

Krishnamacharya may have been the "Father of Modern Yoga", but it was Jois who later developed his own sequences of Yoga poses based on what he had learned, thus creating Ashtanga Yoga as we know it today. He devised a system of six sequences of increasing difficulty, starting with the so-called Primary Series, and working all the way up to Advanced D. Due to the increasing difficulty of the sequences, it is likely that the number of students practicing Advanced D in the world can probably be counted on one's own two hands!

 Jois, on the right, with his grandson Sharath, lifting up into  Utpluthih.

Jois, on the right, with his grandson Sharath, lifting up into Utpluthih.

Not to worry! The series that we will be working on in this new class - as do the vast majority of people practicing this style of Yoga in the world - is the Primary Series, otherwise known as Yoga Chikitsa, or "Yoga therapy". Therapy? Sounds nice doesn't it?! Don't let this fool you however. It may be therapy for the body and mind, but even the Primary Series is far from being a Spa-like experience. It will give you plenty to chew on for plenty of time. 

Ashtanga Yoga is noted for its distinct athleticism an dynamism. Contemporary forms of "Power Yoga", and even the ubiquitous "Vinyasa Flow", own a lot to their older relative, Ashtanga. This form of Yoga will famously get you warm (and sweating) quite quickly, without the use of heated-up rooms. One generates heat from the inside using a very specific breathing technique and by keeping up a steady flow of the movements, each one movement linked to a breath-cycle (Vinyasa). The heat generated from the breath helps one develop the flexibility needed to progress to more advanced poses, while the breath itself gives the mind a stable object to focus on, essentially making it a practice of moving meditation. The poses themselves are arranged in a pre-meditated order that allows one to gradually open up to ever more challenging parts of the practice. This pose prepare you for the next, which in turn prepares you for the one after that, and so on. Traditionally, a student will stop at whichever pose he/she is working on, and not move on until this pose has been mastered. Very few, if any, props such as blocks and straps are used, as the focus is placed on developing strength from the inside, relying on the systematic application of various "energy locks", or bandhas, inside the body. In the most traditional form, Ashtanga is practiced in the so-called Mysore Style, that is, a self-lead practice in the company of other Yogis, with a teacher assisting silently throughout. This is how Jois taught, how Ashtanga is still taught nowadays in Mysore, and indeed all over the world. 

Due to the nature of our different backgrounds and commitments, the class at 3 House Club will vary slightly from tradition. This will  be a set lead class, open to all levels, and in it we will make the use props, if needed, in order to access as much of the practice as possible. While beginners - even those totally new to any form of Yoga - will find they can reap many benefits from working of the Primary Series at whatever level, the class is designed to take even regular practitioners of Yoga of whichever style through a challenging, fun and fast-paced hour of authentic Ashtanga.

Ashtanga has to offer the more obvious benefits of a stronger, more flexible and more toned body that is increasingly free of knots and stiffness, and also a taste of a subtler form of freedom. This freedom comes when we attend to the experience of what it is like to really inhabit our body and to challenge it, thus challenging our mind and its habitual leanings. In doing so with a non-judgemental attitude, we gradually learn more about ourselves, how our mind-body complex functions, and in understanding its mechanics, how we can awake to a wiser way of being in the world.

I hope to see you there, mats rolled out and ready. Namaste. 🕉️

Classes run Thursdays from June 8. No class June 15.

75 mins, from 12pm-1.15pm.

All levels welcome. Mats and props provided.

FREE class. Just book yourself in here, or on events on the 3 House FB page here.

Source: https://www.awakeashtanga.com/

Connection with baby sleep and reflux.

What a unique opportunity for 3 House Club and NW8 Mums to host the author of The Sensational Baby Sleep PlanAlison Scott-Wright on October 1.

All details to follow later.  There is going to be a talk as well as possibility to book 1-on-1 sessions.

Here are some tips that Alison shares on her website:

Does my baby have reflux?  It can be quite hard to spot the symptoms, especially with silent reflux.  These are some of the signs and symptoms to look out for:

• Vomiting or spitting up
• Arching the back or neck and body goes rigid
• Irritability and pain
• Frequent hiccups, excessive dribbling
• Gurgling, gagging, choking episodes
• White coating on the tongue [not oral thrush]
• Excessive mucous, sinus congestion
• Raspy / wheezy cough, often worse at night
• Very windy, hard to burp, excessive ‘bottom’ wind
• Excessive feeding or refusal to feed
• Difficult to settle, poor sleep patterns
• Bouts of inconsolable crying

FREE: paediatricians from St Mary's Hospital on recurring wheeze in children.

Don't miss out a free talk with a paediatric team from St Mary's Hospital at @3houseclub this Monday at 11:15 on recurring wheeze in children under 5. Toddlers will be entertained and drinks will be provided ☕️👩‍👦  The event is free but please RSVP to info@3HouseClub.com ASAP as places are limited!

The talk is part of a project run by Connecting Care for Children.

  photos from jeffreysterlingmd.com

photos from jeffreysterlingmd.com

Source: https://www.cc4c.imperial.nhs.uk/



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