NOW i’m humble…

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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.

burp.

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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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