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Joy of teaching yoga

Friday, October 29, 2010

I am now teaching yoga to young people three times a week. On Tuesday afternoon I teach at a private Montesorri school... one group (10) of 3-6 year olds and one group (4) of 6-9 year olds.), On Wednesday for six weeks I am teaching 10 second graders. (more about them later.) On Thursday I teach at a public Montesorri school where I am working with 2-5th graders, some of whom are in their third year with me.
The Wednesday group met for the first time this week. We are together for 75 minutes... a long time for 8 year olds. We practiced yoga for 35-40 minutes, went on a mindful walk, came back and discussed what we saw, heard, smelled, tasted and touched. Then another short yoga practice and their moms were there. I heard one mom say, "They are so much calmer than when we dropped them off." I also got a forwarded email today from one of the moms saying the girls loved yoga, much better than the 6 week art class they had done.
When I retired from teaching at risk high school students, I never thought i would recapture that wonderful feeling of doing what I was supporsed , where I was supposed to and when I was supposed to. One doesn't expect to be so blessed in more than one career.
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    All I can say is...WOW!!!
    2182 days ago
    How wonderful for you AND for the students!
    2184 days ago
  • RUNNER23
    I am an elementary school administrator. I was in the classroom for 12 years with mostly second graders. I loved it, but it was time for a change. I miss working with the kids, but really have no desire to go back to the typical classroom setting. I am currently taking a yoga teacher training course and look forward to doing exactly what you are doing. There are infinite benefits to yoga, and children can enjoy those benefits as much as anyone else. I can't wait to be able to open their worlds to the beauty of yoga. I enjoyed reading about your bliss in sharing such a wonderful experience. Namaste.
    2186 days ago
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