At Addriya, we are please to bring your attention to a great interview on Mind-Body-Green of Sarah Herrington, author of OM Schooled.
Addriya will be publishing OM Schooled very soon.
The interview by Lindsey Toledo highlights the journey taken by Sarah in becoming a full-time yoga city in a New York City public school. She spent 3 years as a full time yoga instructor, right along with math and science. She has a wealth of experience in implementing a kids yoga program and all the challenges faced with bring yoga into schools. T
As Sarah says in the interview:
“OMSchooled is a book for yoga teachers, classroom educators and anyone interested in sharing yoga with youth and promoting it in our school systems. It is a teacher’s guide but also filled with personal stories. OMSchooled grew out of years of teaching kids’ yoga as a full time, on staff yoga teacher in a NYC public school, as well as teaching in studios and privates. When I began, teaching 5-7 classes a day 5 days a week, I read every book and watched every DVD I could. While these materials helped me, I still found I needed guidance in making yoga lesson plans, combining yoga with classroom management, elevating the educational standards of yoga programs, and tips for bringing yoga philosophy to 5-year-olds. As I continued to learn through teaching I began writing OMSchooled to hopefully help others interested in this work, and to share more yoga with more youth!”
To read the entire interview, click here.
What is your Yoga?
What about bridge pose? To bridge the gap between yourself and your breath.
I love yoga because it helps me restore a sense of balance and self reflection. When I wake up in the morning or after a long day, I need a way to reconnect. I do this through mindfully moving my body. This could be through a series of asanas (poses linked with breath), a long walk with my kids, alone, or just simply quiet time; doing nothing, being nothing, and not being responsible for anything even if just for a few moments. Taking this time, helps me recharge and self nurture, so that I can be of service to others.
Many other people, especially children, have their own yoga. Surfing, shooting baskets, playing with legos, climbing a tree, bird watching, to name a few. These could also be considered forms of yoga. When I instruct children, I encourage them to find an activity that they enjoy which links them to the present moment and where they come out of the activity better than when they came in.
That in my opinion is yoga.
Last week we talked about default behavior. What do you do when life and events get a little heated. There are specific tools which yoga brings to the table to handle these default behaviors. When I feel myself getting stressed, or having a tight feeling in my belly which I have come to recognize as fear, I mindfully begin to breathe.
I learned from one of my yoga instructors, her method of staying calm and centered is to say to yourself as you are breathing, I am breathing in, I am breathing out as you inhale and exhale out of your nose. This self-talk brings mindfulness to the breath, which in turn calms the mind and the nervous system. I teach this to my own kids and when I teach yoga to children.
Having this simple, yet powerful tool, can turn a potentially crazy situation into a calm one by the use of the breath.
I taught a 3rd grade yoga class this week at an elementary school utilizing both the ABC Yoga Cards and Yoga For Small Spaces Cards. The kids had been sitting in their chairs for an hour or more. When I got there to teach, the energy was frenetic and almost hostile. I instructed a few calming poses, and the kids were not happy with the poses. I had them go outside along a long wall and demonstrated Upside down pose. Their was excitement and a the kids were inquisitive about how to improve the pose. After we were done, we went back into the classroom. The kids were asking me more questions about yoga and their energy was restored to calm, yet focused energy.