Why I teach kids yoga series. #2

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Why I teach kids yoga series. #2

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I wish you got to see what I get to see everyday…. These year 6 kids in just the 3rd week of their 8 week Yes2Yoga program are just embracing it with all that they have. At the end of the lesson I took them on a visualisation/meditation of letting go of any old stuff stored in their body. 

After helping them to completely relax by moving their bodies in all sorts of twists and turns during the yoga games and then playing beat your breath. An easy game where they sit with legs crossed and a straight back, eyes closed. They breathe in through their nose and then slowly out their mouth. They simply count how long their out breath is and then try to beat it next time around. They are then ready for meditation. I wish you could see how ready they are and how they just can’t wait to lay and be still. 

Today they went on a journey to a lake. They laid on their backs and we visualised different emotions stuck in their bodies. These emotions can show up as colours or pictures or even just a feeling in the body where they are stored. This is the cool part because kids don’t start to add a story to the time they felt this emotion, they just feel it and then let it go. We first pictured anger, where do you store it? Some in their fists, some in their head, chest, legs and some even mentioned afterwards it was stuck in their jaw. They felt it in their bodies and then they allowed it to flow out and into the water below. We emptied out sadness, frustration and fear. I wish you could hear what some of them shared at the end. How much their head hurt when they felt the anger or how their fists clenched, or how hot they became when they felt the anger and how light, free and cool they felt once it left their body. 

I wish you could see the looks on their faces when they sat up. I wish you could see the change in their eyes as they walked out the door. I wish you could see the difference meditation can make in a kid’s life and I wish you could see how much they need it. I wish you got to see the difference in these kids from when they walk in and when they leave. I wish too, that you also find time to meditate today xx

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