“mini yogis minute” tip of the week

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There's a lot more that goes into a yoga practice than just asana. Yoga is also about respecting yourself and the world around you.

I like to introduce concepts such as the yamas and niyamas with kids so that they understand the depth of the practice and, in fact, their existence. Though I certainly don't limit myself to these ten virtues. Precepts such as patience, nonjudgment, and acceptance are great too!

When bringing virtues into your practice, first you should define the term. Then ask the kids what the term means to them. And bring it into the practice. If you're teaching nonviolence (ahimsa) explain to them about being sensitive to their bodies' needs. Perseverance: don't get upset if postures don't always turn out perfectly. Make sure they have a clear understanding how everything ties back to yoga.

As class ends, talk to them (either in interactive discussion or passive meditation) about how the concept you worked on can also apply to real life. Faith, honesty, compassion...whatever you focused on, talk to them about practical instances that carry over outside of yoga.

And then give them homework. Have them write down three times during the coming week that they employ the concept. Then have them share their answers in the next class. Even if they make up what they say in class, they will still have to understand how the virtue is used in order to come up with an answer. More than anything, you just want your kids to at least begin thinking in kinder and clearer ways.

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