assigning omwork


i have this precious eight-year-old who loves school, loves reading, loves homework. clearly, i don’t have to mention that she is a pretty special kid.

the other day, at the end of class, she enthusiastically suggests: “you know, this is a class…you should assign homework! can you give us some homework?” by the smile on her face, you would have thought she was asking for a triple chocolate cake with reese’s peanut butter cups between the layers, rich ganache, and a frosting that was just the right amount of soft, just the right amount of bite…but i digress…

needless to say, despite her enthusiasm, the other kids in the class were less than amused by the suggestion. but there was no way i was about to wipe that smile of this girl’s face. i know from repeated discussions that i’ve had with her in the past that she gets bullied at school and painfully ridiculed. it was super-important that i validate her suggestion and her in the process.

so i told her that was a great suggestion (which it is! and i assign homework for my kids a lot!), while reassuring the others that yoga homework is easy homework. what i assigned this particular group was to use their calming ujjayi breath whenever they felt sad, or frustrated, or angry, or scared, and tell me the next week how it went.

the kids were fine with that homework and any frustration they may have had with my brilliant little student quickly dissipated. what’s more, she was very proud of herself and left class with the same happy smile. 😀

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About miniyogis

the day before i found yoga--had you asked me--i'd have told you that i wouldn't be caught dead doing yoga. sitting around and humming? not my idea of a good time. a minute into my first yoga class--had you asked me--i'd have told you i will practice until the minute i die. and i've been in heaven ever since. more than anything, yoga taught me that it was okay to be imperfect, okay to fall. and, man, do i wish someone told me that when i was 3 instead of 30. so i started mini yogis yoga for kids, hoping to help children to be more accepting of themselves, more accepting of others, and better human beings overall. that was march 2002. since then, i've taught tens of thousands of children how to use yoga as a tool for daily life. and i've also taught about 1000 teachers around the world to date (12/11) how to teach yoga to kids. i figure between the children i've taught and the ones my grads have taught, we've likely reached hundreds of thousands of kids. just looking to make a difference in this world....

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