Report from today, March 11, 2016; All boys yoga class; average age: 11
Teacher: First day of yoga, please come in and lie down on a mat to relax a bit.
Students: Everyone runs to a mat. Three boys make a pile up on one mat and wrestle, the rest of them flop down in various positions.
Teacher: Please keep your voices off so you can hear what to do.
Students: Two boys call out, “I’ve done this before!” ; another, “ssshhh!” and yet another pretends to snore in savasana. A few do listen quietly.
Teacher: OK, time for sun salutations
Students: Everyone participates while yelling out what poses they can’t do (mainly touching their toes).
Teacher: Now for some partner yoga.
Students: Several partners wrestling and play hitting each other, then trying out the partner yoga poses with some success.
Teacher: Let’s learn warrior 1, 2 and 3 poses.
Students: I want to do warrior 7 and 9 instead!
Teacher: Ok, everyone into child’s pose please.
Students: everyone (literally everyone) is quiet
Teacher: Ok, now some challenge poses. Let’s try side arm balances.
Students: All doing their best. Some giving up but finally giving it another shot to find out they can do it.
Teacher: Now let’s lie down in savasana.
Students: Everyone (well, ALMOST everyone except for one trying to pinch his neighbor) is quiet and still.
Teacher: Time to go, please clean up your mats.
Students: “Yoga is over already?! That was too short.”