Teen Yoga 4: Forgiveness

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Theme of the Week: Forgiveness. Maybe we need to forgive others. Maybe we need to forgive ourselves—which can be even harder. Whether you were right or wrong, it doesn’t matter. Holding a grudge will only weigh you down. Yoga is about letting go, moving forward, and healing. And none of that is possible without forgiveness.

Pose of the Week: Standing forward bend. This wonderful pose isn’t about touching your toes. It’s about surrendering your upper body, making it as relaxed as possible. From a standing position (feet together or hip-width apart), fold forward at the hips. Let your arms hang rag-doll style, or your hands can hold on to the opposite elbows. Legs can be bent if your hamstrings are tight, or keep legs straight for a deeper stretch. The most important thing is to relax the arms and shoulders and release the neck and head. Take slow, deep breaths. Let go of your day and let the tension drain from your body. Thirty seconds or more in this pose will calm the mind and lower blood pressure. It also opens the hamstrings and stretches the back.

Quotes of the Week:

“Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realising you were the prisoner!” —Max Lucado

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” —John Green, Looking for Alaska

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

Journal Questions of the Week: Do I need to forgive someone else, or myself? What’s holding me back? What can help me let go?

Goal of the Week: Whenever you start to feel stressed, overwhelmed, or confused, take three slow breaths. And use forward bends as much as possible throughout the day!

Good luck, and have fun!


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