|Posted 19 Oct 2017 Darleen 0 Shouts •|
Fearne Cotton has called for schools to put yoga on the curriculum to improve youngsters’ mental well-being.
The former BBC Radio 1 presenter often shares videos of herself practising the moves with her son Rex, four, and daughter Honey, two — her children with husband Jesse Wood.
She told the Standard: “My son is doing yoga at school, it’s amazing. It’s really important — so much focus is on academia, which is great, but I think in this day and age there needs to be a deeper understanding for kids to know it’s OK to feel a bit c***.
“That is the job of parents and sometimes we nail it and sometimes we don’t, but it should be supported at school… to make small changes [to the curriculum] like kids doing yoga and getting them to be open to talk and share their feelings is brilliant.”
Cotton has publicly spoken about her own battle with depression and is preparing to publish her second book, which she hopes will inspire others to open up.
She said she was keen to break down the perception that celebrities have it all, adding: “It’s nice… to have that cathartic process of saying who I really am, and also for other people to go, ‘Oh right, so the myth of being in the public eye meaning life is perfect is utter s***’.”
Cotton was speaking ahead of Festifeel, an annual festival which raises money for breast cancer charity CoppaFeel. She curates the event with Kris Hallenga, who is living with terminal breast cancer.
Cotton said: “Whenever Kris gets up and does a speech on stage that rocks me slightly. It blows my mind that she has so much energy and wants to keep doing what she does. She shows that you can enjoy the beautiful bits of life and try and have a moment where you don’t think about cancer and on that day she lets go.”