I’m so grateful for the support of the Southeast Yoga Conference. This year Co-Founding Goddesses Melissa Katz and Nicole Jurovics asked me to present an excerpt from our yoga elective class.  The write up went like this:

Cheryl along with some of her high school students who participated in the first ever semester-long yoga elective entitled the “United States of You” as they guide you on a journey deep into your core of an inner most state…Doubt. It’s so easy to get to these days! You’ll move from this state of Doubt towards the State of Trust, creating a sense of awareness through Grounded Poses and an openness to shed what is no longer useful, keeping what is of value, and shaking the rest away with grit and giggles.

Come connect, breathe, move and receive the powerful wisdom of yoga and hear first-hand how yoga has benefited the students of Atlanta.

 

So, I asked four of our students to teach with me down at the W Midtown on a Friday Afternoon in October, and they all said, “YES”!

We all arrived early enough for hugs and giggles before we began. We hadn’t seen each other since last May.

 

The participants were quite touched by these beautiful kids. Their rich views on yoga are awe inspiring. Two of them shared that yoga saved their lives. One said he has a love/hate relationship with yoga and he now owns a yoga mat and is taking yoga again this semester. The other said it really helped him through the stress of senior year.

A few of them were quite nervous about teaching a sequence to adults they had never met. Nervous means caring.Birds always tremble before flight.

Josh began with a comedy routine that was hilarious.

We were touched that he wore a shirt that a fellow yoga student from Burma had given him. It brought back the knowledge that yoga really does connect children from different cultures and backgrounds. Moving and breathing and laughing together has a way of doing that.

 

Josh taught the first set of poses which includes CALM DOWN. We began to notice where our Doubts liked to dwell inside.

His sprinklings of sillies kept us laughing the whole time.

 

Cody guided us through the Solid Ground Flow with breath cues and alignment.

Josh helped us shake out our Doubts.

 

I’ve Got Your Back Pose helped us laugh at our Doubts.

 

And brought us closer to the state of Trust.

 

Alexis taught heart opening back bends.

 

We Played with Fire to transform Doubts Dust into Trusting Stars.

Nia led us into Energy Circuit for more connection and power.

 

Energy is her favorite topic and she’s quite content holding the space here.

The sequence was well received.

 

and a Joy to teach together.

After meditation and final savasana we stayed to answer questions. Every One was open and trusting and sweet. It was a very meaningful experience for us and I am so, so grateful to our students, to our participants, to our fabulous photographer, Jolie Loren Photography (http://www.jolieloren.com/), who captured these sweet moments of emotion, and of course to Nicole and Melissa for inviting us to share our method.

Truth is the Word. Love is the Action. Sat Nam.

“My Experience with yoga has been great. I’d never think that I’d get to like it so much. Before I started I was super tight and couldn’t touch my toes. Now when I do a forward fold I can reach all the way to my feet and maybe even a little further if I stretch. I didn’t even know that I could do a headstand. I’m really trying to get down to my splits and I’m making lots of progress with that. But the only thing I don’t like is the meditation because

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From Cynical to True

I’ve changed Cyn’s name to True for obvious reasons.

Yesterday our student Nia announced it was National Happiness Day and the class chose standing poses to ground excess agitation and aggression, twisting poses to clear out the pollen of doubt and anxiety and backbends to open up to Happiness. Here’s what True wrote about class yesterday~

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Jealousy is a place where no one wants to stay, but everyone has visited.  Zeal, the fiery fermentation of festering feelings, boils up until it explodes.  So few want to go, but many visit.  Today we practiced leaving Jealousy, for the open plains of Gratitude.  The open-hearted awareness of all that is.  In Gratitude we see clearly, we hear clearly, and we feel clearly.  The rolling plains and grassy hills promise that there is and always will be enough.  We need not worry: we are enough and the World holds a special place, just for us.  We ARE necessary.  Walking this road from Jealousy to Gratitude,  we ground into Acceptance. We surrender the no

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