High School Yoga: Curriculum in Action

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.

Comments (2)

  • Thanks for sharing this overview of your presentation @ the conference….how brave you are to take this on! The pictures and words beautifully captured the work, joy and love of what you do! Your work is an inspiration to many of us contemplating building our presence in the community…..

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