“I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Cheryl Crawford and Mary Quinn at Druid Hills High School. Both of these committed ladies chose to come to our high school every morning to teach 34 eager high school students. Our class comprised of both girls and boys of various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds along with various learning abilities. It was amazing how these ladies transformed this very different group of young people to morph into an unexplainable “family” unit through the practice of yoga. I never knew how powerful this practice was until I witnessed it personally. I cannot thank “Queen 1” and “Queen 2” (as they are affectionately known to the students) for the energy that they brought to me and my class each morning over a course of 18 weeks. You both are AMAZING women! Blessings to both of you!

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Thank you Coach Jackson! We are grateful for your open heart and the passion you shared with us. We appreciate your sense of  humor as seen in the  last three questions on the final exam you gave to your PE classes.

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We value your opinion and the high expectations you held for our students during their yoga final. They really taught yoga well to the rest of the class.

We appreciate your connection and compassion and playfulness.

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And of course, We are moved to know that your action sent the United States of You Curriculum to Dekalb County Schools… and after a loooong review… it is now approved for the entire school system! Your work touches the lives of a few every day… but the ripple effect you have on the World is immeasurable.  For this and so much more we say

THANK YOU!

For the Schools in Atlanta to have Dedicated, Dignified, and Dream-worthy yoga teachers in the schools who dare to Breathe, who dare to invest in the health of their children, their educators, and their administrators,  so compassion, focus, confidence and creativity ring.

 

I shared this Dream with Brittany Cunningham, our new innovative principal of Druid Hills High School.

and she said, “Let’s Go For Your Dream.”

Let’s make yoga an Elective.

She set up a meeting with Coach Jackson, who was ready to join hands…

 

“This is what we need,” says Coach Jackson. “Let’s start with Fridays, and we’ll see who is interested and then next semester, we’ll make it an elective…”

So now we join together, under the banner of  physical education, and put forward the essence of yoga into the school~one child, one class at a time.

And so it is…

Thank you, Principal Cunningham for making it Real.

Rise Up with us on this sunlit path of yoga..

“(We are) happy to join with you here in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our (schools).”

“But we refuse to believe that (our) bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds (for) the great vaults of opportunity of (our schools). And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”

“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind (Atlanta) of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the (argument schools can’t change) or to take the tranquilizing drug of (just send the kids to private school). Now is the time to make real the promises (to our children). Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of “(in school suspensions) to the sunlit path of (Yoga). Now is the time to lift our (city) from the quicksands of (disrespect and dismissal) to the solid rock of (mindfulness). Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”

It would be fatal for (Atlanta) to overlook the urgency of (our schools). (These) sweltering (semesters) of the (students) legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating (yoga curriculum) of freedom and equality. (2014) is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the (children) needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the (school system) returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in (Atlanta) until the (school children are) granted (their) citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our (city) until the bright day of justice emerges.”

“But there is something that(we) must say to (our administrators who already have yoga in their schools), who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our (mindful) place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of (self-righteousness). We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative (yoga tools) to degenerate into (My school is better than yours). Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”

The marvelous new (mindfulness) which has engulfed the (Atlanta Schools) must not lead us to a distrust of all (other school boards), for many of our (school boards), as evidenced by their (yoga electives), have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.”

We cannot (stretch) alone.

And as we (stretch), we must make the pledge that we shall always (Move with our Breath).

We cannot turn back.”

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