Thursday, 20 June 2013

24 Teachers

This year I was given the amazing gift of teaching yoga to the grade one class that my daughter is in. When I was first asked to teach I planned and planned. What could I teach them? What could I offer them and how could I help them experience yoga bliss. How could I show them how yoga flows through postures to places off our mat when we step away. I was so focused on what could I teach them that it never occurred to me that I would soon become the student at an elementary school and 24 first graders would become my teachers.

They inspired me every class with their willingness to try. To open their hearts and their minds to a new experience. They danced, they moved in postures, they sat in OM circles creating vibrations that I'm sure rang through the school. They challenged each other and themselves. They fell. They got up. They made themselves fall just to get up. They found peace and stillness. 

The children did all this because they were open. They were open to a new adventure and they put their trust and faith in themselves to go for it. They didn't hold back or worry about the final result they just enjoyed the process. They showed me how to play more on my mat and to trust that if we continue to focus and continue to practice we move forward regardless of falling trees, giggling meditations or sudden urges to be upside down.

Thankful for all my 24 teachers,

A quote from a Firstie. "Yoga is the best sport in the world." 

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