one of the schools i’ve had a yoga program at for years and years was having their bi-annual enrichment showcase and, of course, i wanted to show my case for mini yogis.
twice a year i go, do a fun and funky arm balance and inversion sequence, get oohs and aahs and lots of sign-ups.
this time–for some weird reason–i thought i’d do something different. just one really cool pose and that’s it. but i let them vote first: one extra-super-cool pose or a whole sequence of cool poses. they voted for extra-super-cool.
so i went to the wall and did a one-handed handstand (as i can’t do that away from the wall yet). and then i did my spiel (sign up for yoga! yoga is cool! yoga is fun! you can do this, too!) standing on one hand.
fine. clap clap.
then came the capoeistas –new to the school, completely foreign to the kids. they started standing on one hand (in the middle of the room, of course) and then proceeded to flip, twist, bend, balance, and, well, i guess fly would be the best word for it…all over the place.
the kids went crazy.
and oddly enough my yoga registrations came in at a tiny trickle that session while capoeira’s wait list stretched from here to new york city.
lesson learned. next time i’ll stick with the arm balances and inversion bit.
humble pie eaten.