Teen Yoga 1: Change

For more details about yoga classes, guidelines, or permission slips for teens, click on the “Yoga” tab at the top of this page.

I’ll try to write a weekly post to go along with my teen yoga classes. First class starts tonight!

Theme of the Week: Change. Change the way you breathe. Change the way you look at the world. Change the way you react to the world. Change your life—you’re the only one who can.

Pose of the Week: Lotus. This is a sitting position for meditation. Doesn’t matter if you’re sitting full lotus, half lotus, criss-cross-applesause, or legs not crossed at all. Just sit up tall with shoulders relaxed and head centered over the heart. Rest your hands on your knees or press them together in prayer. The lotus flower thrives in muddy water and rises to the surface to blossom one petal at a time—demonstrating how we can all grow wonderfully despite our sticky situations. The lotus pose opens the hips, improves posture, aligns the spine, and promotes peace and stillness.

Quotes of the Week:  F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

Mary Kaye Chryssicas: “Change the way you think, and you create your own good fortune. Don’t lock yourself in with negative thoughts.”

Playlist of the Week:  Click here for the songs I play during class.

Journal Question of the Week: What would you like to change about yourself or your life? What steps can you take today  toward achieving that change?

Goal of the Week: Try meditating for five minutes a day. Set a timer or use a quiet alarm on your phone so you don’t have to keep checking the time. Clear your mind of unwanted thoughts. Focus on quiet stillness. You can imagine a peaceful place in nature, or focus on your breath, or bring awareness to the sounds around you, or seek the answers you need. This isn’t a time to judge yourself; it’s a time to be open to possibility and change.

Good luck, and have fun!


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