Imagine you are in kindergarten and your parents have just signed you up for yoga and mindfulness meditation after school. The teacher leads you into a classroom where you are met by a warm smile, the teacher welcomes you, asks your name, and checks you off the attendance list. You put your backpack down, shoes and socks off, and then you find a yoga mat laid out in a circle with a piece of paper depicting multiple faces and crayons. You chose the one that describes your emotions and you color it while waiting for class to begin.
The teacher sits down on a mat beside you, everyone comes into a community circle and joins hands with their papers next to them. The teacher begins by describing how s/he feels and where they feel the emotion in their body and then lightly squeezes a students hand, indicating its their turn.
When completed, the teacher guides the students in 2-3 minutes of deep, slow conscious breathing, expanding their belly with each in breath. You silently start repeating the mantra, “peace begins with me.”
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.