The Pearl

The Yoga Buggy kids have been so excited to make up new poses lately.  When I say excited, I mean, nearly jumping out of their skin to demo a new version of Flamingo, Elephant, or Rat pose.  It’s a special yoga teacher challenge to keep the class a balance of calm and engaged. And yet it’s delightful when the kids are bursting with creativity!  

The other day our class had an ocean theme.  When we got to Oyster pose, I showed my version.  Blanca had a standing version to show off. Oliver topped that by folding over to create the top half of the oyster shell.  There’s a pearl in there! He declared.

A Pearl?  Cool! That sparked a thought.  

I love that idea, I said.  Imagine we all have a ‘Pearl’ inside us. The Pearl is the best thing that we can offer to the world.   Some of us have the Pearl of Funniness, or Kindness, or Awesomeness at Soccer. What’s your Pearl?

Awesomeness at Riddles, said Everett. And Kindness.

Ninja Stealth, whispered Raleigh, her eyes darting around the room.  Everyone laughed.

Making up new dances with Camryn, said Isabella, grabbing onto her friend’s hand.  

One by one the kids effortlessly shared their inner ‘Pearl.’   This was a win for me. Sometimes I feel shy to name my strengths and I’m a grownup!  Imagine how much harder it is for kids, who can be very shy indeed. It feels good to find a way to help them reflect upon and verbalize their great qualities.  
Take a moment friends.  Ask your kids, ask your friends, let us know.  What’s your “Pearl?

Yoga for Children with Autism

Inspired by a couple of my own students, I’ve decided to set some time aside to explore the benefits of yoga for children with autism. The “6 Benefits of Yoga for Children with Autism” post on the Autism Parenting Magazine website has been one of my favourite reads so far!

I’m looking forward to learning more about working with this group, and finding ways to make my classes even more relaxing and enjoyable for them!