HEALTH / MIND
“Teach every eight year old to meditate and we will erase all forms of violence in the world in one generation"
> taking care of ourselves so that we can be good peaceful citizens and friends and they really relate to that. Children tell me they sleep much better, they worry less. If only adults found it as easy to integrate yoga into their daily lives as kids do. Kids say they have more energy, feel less afraid of their powerful emotions and more able to sit with them and breathe and trust that everything will work out. One teenager with eating disorders told me in two weeks of yoga she felt better than in eight weeks of therapy. Teachers also contact me to say the quality of the classroom discussion has never been so good as after yoga, or a particular child with behavioural difficulties has so much more self-control and seems much calmer. I think children in schools are crying out for it as it makes them feel so calm, happy and relaxed inside they can't believe it sometimes. There are moments in after school club where I just have to stand and breathe - and laugh and say, well this doesn't look like yoga! The kids want to play, run and tussle. But when I remember there is no perfect class and it is what it is and I allow it and play with them for a bit, they delight in that. Then we come back to the circle. It can be hard if I am not in the right open relaxed frame of mind ... I am sure the best kids yoga teachers often are not adult yoga teachers. I feel it should be a free loving experience where I find opportunities to show them how they can find stillness and peace inside without needing them to always be sat still and do everything as I show them. Teach every eight year old to meditate and we will erase all forms of violence in the world in one generation. My dream is that every school has a yoga teacher come in regularly. I would love to see each school start the day with 10 or 15 minutes of yoga. It would change everything for teachers and children."
Georgie runs regular classes for children - find her at healingspirits.co.uk
A KUNDALINI YOGA CLASS IS MADE UP OF THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:
TUNING IN: When we practice Kundalini Yoga, we tune in by chanting ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo’, connecting us to the purity of the infinite teacher living within each of us. BREATH (PRANAYAMA): Breath is life energy itself. When we learn how to breathe consciously, we can calm our minds and master all aspects of our lives. KRIYA: A Kriya is an exact, dynamic combination of postures (asana), breathing and sound – a complete system that balances body, mind and soul, and increases mental clarity and physical vitality. MEDITATION: Meditation brings awareness and control of our thoughts. Using mantra (sacred sound currents repeated aloud or silently) and mudra (sacred gestures) we can clear negative patterns and connect with our higher consciousness.
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