Tuesday, January 7, 2020: This was my first time teaching kids yoga. I was prepared to teach MIDDLE SCHOOL students, but when I arrived, I was told I was getting guess who.....KINDERGARTENERS!!!
Had to scrap the ENTIRE lesson plan and didn’t have much to work with because I didn’t even think that age group was in the realm of “elementary students.”
There were a few students who were restless, but luckily there were other adults in the room to help keep them under control. When the class was over, I felt discouraged AND defeated and thinking that I was perhaps in over my head and should rethink taking on this job if it would cause me MORE stress and interfere with my weight loss journey. I’m only working 2 hours a week (but it will take me more time to create a lesson plan). One of the young girls came over and hugged my leg and said thank you and she thought the class was fun. Bless her little heart. Because THAT moment made me change my mind about not giving up on teaching kids.
I did speak to the coordinator before the class and she told me that the age group varies each week.
I learned two very valuable lessons, which I think can also be applied to my journey:
1) BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED: Things don’t always go the way we plan them. I do have a theme for this month, so will just need to tailor it to each age group, and figure out which poses & meditations can help tie it all together.
2) STAY FLEXIBLE....luckily, I had a few other things with me that captured their attention (they seemed to enjoying using crayons at the end and getting a sticker).
When I came home last night, ordinarily, that kind of a day would have sent me to the cupboard or the fridge. Instead, I went to the library and picked up a few children’s book dealing with yoga and then after eating dinner, I took a nice, hot bubble bath and did some journaling.
I dreamed about ideas that I can use for future yoga games, and woke up excited about all the different things I want to teach and the creative ways I can convey those lessons.
I’ve already spent my first two paychecks (that I haven’t even gotten yet, LOL) on SCHOOL SUPPLIES and books. KUDOS to anyone who has been or currently is a school teacher! Whew! I can only imagine
I went ahead and paid for the kids yoga training next month, so I’m definitely committed now (and there’s no refunds offered, LOL). I also just realized the training I paid for is 3 hours away (so there will be the added expense of boarding the dogs and then getting a hotel room, but I’m looking at it as an “investment” so that I can have the tools I need to be ready for any age group.
Where I was once scared, nervous and apprehensive has now turned into excitement and joy! I’m looking forward to this opportunity and even feel that being playful and silly with the kids is what is going to help keep me balanced in terms of stress (I’m a full time caregiver to my MIL).