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as she began her tenure as the children’s laureate in the summer, Lauren Child encouraged children to do nothing, to stare into space, ‘to dawdle and dream’.


we all seem to spend so much time connected, wired and committed, yet distracted from ourselves.  thankfully yoga practice can offer a carefree time and can teach us a simpler approach to living.


try taking a spontaneous, intuitive approach to what you do on the mat. dive down inside yourself – feel what would help. do that.


finding a relaxed, inquisitive and flexible approach to practice will serve you well. you may find yourself dawdling into it unplanned, and be more open because of it.


striving has no place here – practise yoga for pleasure.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

W H Davies