You can be a cobra, a camel, a cactus, or a crocodile. You can be a majestic tree or a mighty lion. Who doesn’t know the warrior or the downward facing dog? But do you know the reasons why yoga is so endlessly good for you?
“It makes a big difference when we adults make efforts to give direction and show what habits lead to a vital, healthy, and happy life.” (My Daddy is a Pretzel)
Meet TLS’s Yoga instructor, Ms. Kiera:
She teaches at Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts (just down the road on Becketts Ridge Dr.) as well as at the Ballet School of Chapel Hill. She currently teaches pre-ballet to 3-8 year olds and has been teaching ballet for past 10 years. She loves sharing her two passions with children.
We then learn how to utilize our complete breath (filling our balloons up with air), which has many benefits, such as opening the chest and freeing the breath, going beyond our normal shallow breathing, massaging internal organs, reducing anxiety and stress, and much more.
The children have been learning many yoga asanas (postures) which build strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Some of the regular favorites are butterfly, cat, mountain (or dog), cobra, tree and waterfall.
Some links from Ms. Kiera:
A discussion followed about yoga and setting a good example for your friends and “making your own choices”. The children spoke about learning to listen to Ms. Kiera, to watch Ms. Kiera and to focus. They talked about closing their eyes and covering their ears to hear their breathing (you should try it!)
Why yoga at TLS?
Conscious Discipline is grounded in self-control and composure (the first of the seven basic skills!) The first step in any discipline encounter is to take a deep and calming breath (three deep breaths shut off the fight or flight response in the body).The four core active calming techniques used in Conscious Discipline are S.T.A.R. (Smile, Take a deep breath, And Relax), balloon, pretzel and drain. These are the images that you see posted in our classrooms, especially in each Safe Place.
The balloon is an exercise that helps us practice breathing. We create a balloon with our hands placed together, then as we reach over our heads, the balloon gets bigger, and so does the diaphragm as it fills with air. Letting the air out with sound effects is especially fun and a great de-stresser.
In yoga we also do the balloon exercise. Incorporating yoga into our lives at TLS supports our journey with Conscious Discipline.
Stay tuned for the next blog, which will elaborate on Composure and our Safe Places at TLS.
Enjoy the slide-show and see if you can find the butterfly, the robot, the lion, the mountain, the tree, the helicopter, the crocodile, and more. Thank you Davian, Dana, and Lauren for your beautiful photo contributions !:)
And of course, don’t forget to BREATHE.