Yoga in elementary school after a year of teaching

Yoga in elementary school after a year of teaching

Sometimes I just need to understand that I have different kind of calls. One, the biggest is the be able to give children as good upbringing as it possible. Not just for my own children, but for as much of them I can come in touch with. So therefore I started for almost a year ago to teach yoga in an elementary school here in Brooklyn, on voluntary base. Now from one class a week I have tree classes with different ages and different group constellations. No mats, no props and no nothing. Just we. 

And it works. I have to give a lot but, oh boy ,but I receive as well! Hi yoga teacher! When are coming? - they are asking me in the store, in the school and at the playground. They intrudes me for their parents with that name as well. Oftenly the parents sais, oh! You know what, my child is telling me how to relax and do yoga!!  And that makes my heart smile. 

Sometimes it is overwhelming  but as we know it is my job as a teacher to find methods that work. That is the beauty of the job. I love to go back and teach, reconnect and give them something extra that helps them and their families in their future.

It is easy to see if they like it or if they don't. Do they want to go and drink water or use the bathroom - not good. Are they staying - better. But the best is when they go out to drink water, and then come back and try. Like today...

After two weeks (my children where sick) I came back to one of the classes and I told them that I had missed them. One of the boys answered me, I didn't miss you! Oh, I said, that is sad, but you know what, I missed you! And he went out...to drink water. He came in and went out a couple of times. He really tried but he couldn't.  But at the end of the class he desperately wanted to try out my singing bowl. I whispered, you know what, after the Savasana you can try. He did not forget it. He went to the mat to lay down,  and when the Savasana was over he was standing up as quickly as he could and said, now! He was the most happy guy on earth because he got the opportunity that no one else got, and I was smiling too. I held his hands and we did that toghter. He left, aome back and we shared a moment of true learning, trust. 

Namaste 

Calming yoga for children

Calming yoga for children

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