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True Yoga Stories: Success with Middle Schoolers

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.”

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Easy Teen Yoga for the Classroom

model: Christiane from Canada

Many schools face budgetary cuts, and yoga, as well as other forms of physical education, are often the first to go.  Several teachers have emailed me who want to use a little bit of yoga in class as they already know that a little can go a long way.  Obviously, the attached video (click to your left)  is in the great outdoors; however, the sequence can be used simply standing alongside your desk, making it a very convenient and effective sequence to use as a break during long lectures!  Many other sequences are covered in our teen yoga intensives (as well as in Asana Alphabet’s basic series).  Email us for more info on them (our next one is in Miami, March 17-18 then in NYC, April 14-15, 2012): AsanaAlphabet@gmail.com