So how did it go? Yoga Quota going to a Teach First school in London?....
I can't say I wasn't affected by the school! I noticed that I spent longer on my appearance in the morning than usual, had a pedicure before the class and had strong flash backs to Cardiff High School (my comprehensive) Wembly High even smelt the same! Or is that just schools for you?
The pressure in this school is maximum. They have signs above the corridors 'Language Department 43% A-A*" so not a typical comprehensive then? Year 8s do GCSEs?! In a YEAR!
The young ladies I taught were in Year 11 (one in Year 9) and all doing GCSEs and feeling the stress.
We talked about their preconceptions about yoga. Only one of the young ladies had done some yoga before, and that was a couple of minutes from You Tube.
"It makes you thin" - said someone who absolutely did not need to be thinner (If you read this my dear you are perfect as you are as I hope I made clear!)
"It makes you flexible"
"It's very peaceful"
"You work with breathing"
We discussed how as it is an exercise then yes it can help you stay fit healthy and flexible. But the main thing it does is help you accept yourself and reduce stress.
One of the young ladies said a very profound thing and I think I will keep this in mind as I explain yoga in future:
"My mum has practiced yoga for 27 years she says it is the only form of exercise that works your physical body but ALSO your inner body too."
What a lovely way to explain it!
We did a class of SuraNamaskars, a Mandala flow (circular) and good old Nadi Shodhana to deal with stress. Of course Savasana went down well.
Every one asked for my business card afterwards, and said thank you how relaxed they were. Hopefully they will keep it in their tool box of ways to reduce stress in the future as they deal with GCSEs and beyond.
As promised other sites that are good for yoga that you can do anywhere are these:
GaiamTV Go to the MyYoga tab (but you have to pay)
Grokker This one is free (some good teachers like Ashley Sergeant I would recommend)
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