Yoga for the real world means: classrooms, cafeterias, hallways, gyms, involving educators — on a budget that works.
Thurgood marshall academy lower school
The go project
Middle school, manhattan
The meeting house
Thurgood marshall academy for learning and social change
middle school, bronx
elementary school, Bronx
South east bronx neighborhood centers (five star, gwendolyn bland, blondell joyner)
universal pre-k, Bronx
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I often reach over 200 students each week throughout New York City and I'm reminded of the need to be sensitive to their varying backgrounds and responsive to their diverse needs. In order for students to develop intrinsic motivation, especially those who have experienced toxic stress, they need to feel a sense of: autonomy, competence and relatedness. This is where yoga and mindfulness comes in.
In the first trimester of the 2018-19 school year, students have:
In Pre-K: memorized yoga sequencing through song; understood and identified emotions such as confidence, loneliness and frustration; learned to still their bodies and focus on their breath.
In elementary school: led peers in sun salutations; memorized self-soothing sequences such as self-massages; learned to elongate their breath to promote calm and focus.
In middle school: explored the process of finding their own voice versus what influences them; demonstrated grit in working towards more challenging yoga poses; used breath to reflect on behavior and preparation for testing.
Using the Little Flower Yoga methodology, I aim to fill each of my classes with opportunities for students to:
Connect to themselves and others around them by building a safe and intimate space that promotes compassion and relatedness.
Breathe as a means to self-regulate and understand what grown-ups mean by “calm down”.
Move and increase their strength, improve flexibility and work towards mastering yoga poses such as crow and headstand.
Focus on one thing at a time in an effort to block out ‘noise’ – both literal and internal.
Relax to nourish their body with rest and develop tools for quality sleep.