Theresa Soley, writer for Yoga Basics, profiled Peak Kids Yoga in a great article emphasizing the benefits of mindfulness and how mindfulness practices help improve the emotional and mental health of our youth. Read it here!
In October we were visited by our local news station, KTTV's Kyla Galer, and they did a story about our yoga program! We demonstrated what we do--group discussion, yoga practice, journaling, and guided relaxation. The kids also gave interviews describing how yoga makes them feel and the impact yoga is having in their lives. We heard our story was seen all around the world, from Texas to Pittsburgh and all the way to Australia! Check it out here!
Kids absolutely love doing partner yoga. You really see and experience the mindful practice of yoga manifest in the physical practice of yoga. Partner yoga requires mindfulness. Giving and receiving help tends to bring people closer together. No matter who your partner is, you will become closer with them after practicing partner poses together. You will learn to try new things and trust others with your physical body and your emotions/heart. Check out these kids practicing mindfulness!
"Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving kindness." - Dalai Lama
I've had so much fun the last two weeks with these kiddos! They are eager and fun and curious and their energy brightens my entire day. And they are all doing yoga like complete naturals. Because they are natural! The authenticity that these kids bring is the most natural form of human-ness! It's truly inspiring!
We've done a lot in our two short weeks together. This week we're focusing on kindness and how to create peace in our lives and in the lives of others. We've been discussing compassion and the importance of being tolerant, not only for others, but also for ourselves. Compassion allows us to act from a place of kindness, gentleness, and awareness about what will hurt ourselves and others. When we are forcing we are not feeling. When we are feeling we are not forcing.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.