P I P P A
yoga and wellness
the girlness project
‘girlness’ exists to support the emotional and physical wellbeing of girls and young women. The pressure on girls is continuing to mount and influencers such as social media and societal expectations are having a significant impact on self-esteem, body image and the way girls relate to themselves, their bodies, each other and the world around them. The heart-breaking detrimental impact of this is the rise of mental health issues, eating disorders and in extreme cases suicide.
Our mission it to guide girls to be the experts on their own body.
We offer classes and workshops in primary and secondary schools, small private groups and on a 1-2-1 basis, that provide education on the key topics of body image, media literacy, self-compassion, positive thinking and resilience. We aim to offer preventative measures so that we reduce the numbers of girls needing crisis support if they become overwhelmed in areas of their personal or academic life.
The girlness curriculum strives to give girls access to knowledge that supports them in developing self-awareness and emotional self-regulation. We do this through discussion, group and pair exercises, journaling, yoga and meditation. We create nurturing spaces for girls to 'tune in' - away from the ‘noise’ of their external environment and pressures (social media, exams, bullying etc.) so that they can pause and care for their most precious asset - their relationship with self. These practices are shared in accessible ways so that these new skills can be taken out of the classroom and into the everyday - empowering girls to thrive in all aspects of their lives.
All of our workshops aim to support girls in the following ways:
1. Develop a healthy relationship with Self and body
2. Learn the skills to self-regulate, process emotions and
3. Effectively manage anxiety/stress and set healthy boundaries
4. Build resilience and increase focus
5. Feel empowered and inspired
girlness workshops in schools are designed to help the school meet their targets and responsibilities in strengthening young peoples wellbeing as outlined by the Department of Health and the Ofsted inspections framework. This can also enhance the positive reputation of the school.
"It has been such a pleasure to work with Pippa as she leads weekly yoga sessions for young people with eating disorders here at the Maudsley Hospital. Pippa is kind, containing and very very calm! Her approach, ethos and personality have had such a lovely impact on the young people we work with. We often see the clients heading to her yoga group seeming like they have the world on their shoulders, only to come out an hour later seeming measured, relaxed and more able to reflect on their day. Pippa is a thoughtful, experienced and conscientious yoga therapist and I would highly recommend her to anyone who seeks peace, tranquillity and the knowledge she is providing safe, holistic and diligent yoga therapy to vulnerable young people. Her classes were often the highlight of the clients weeks. You would be hard pressed to find a kinder and more devoted teacher/therapist than Pippa." - Laura Baker, ITP Manager & Clinical Nurse Specialist, NHS
what the girls say
“Taking part in the girlness project workshop was a life changing experience. We were tools to support ourselves and yet it felt as though we had done it ourselves. An instant new perspective into who we are as people and what we deserve.’” - Teen workshop participant
“This is the second year that I have had Pippa into school with ‘the girlness project’ and it is certainly something I want to continue with. We used it with our year 9 pupils in house (our youngest year group) as the transition from one school to another can be difficult and it is an ideal way to get them to relax and learn to take time out for self reflection and to also help them with an awareness of their affect on others. Pippa has a fantastic way of putting them at ease and I love having her with us.” - Sandra Finn, House Mistress, Marlborough College