A Slice of Kids Yoga

3:15 in the school cafeteria
A circle of mats face one another.
Students, ages 8, 9 and 10, anxiously await their weekly yoga practice.

 

We talk about the breath…
“Was there any point this week when you felt upset and took some time to practice breathing?”
Heads nod.
“How did you feel afterward?”
Calm
Peaceful
Happy
“I yelled at the ref during my hockey game and got thrown out of the game. So I went back to the locker room to take off my equipment and I did some breathing. I felt a lot better.”

 

What a gift to discover the power of your breath, at ages 8, 9, and 10.

 

We continue to build trust and get to know one another by considering the question:
What makes you unique?
Sure there was
“I love soccer”
“I love puppies.”

 

But also:

 

“I travel to Long Island every other weekend.”
“I like celebrating my brother’s birthday better than mine.”
“I lost my grandma in November and I am angry.”
“I miss my dad more than my mom”

 

What a gift to explore who you truly are, at ages 8, 9 and 10.

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