MLK Day, Yoga and Wise Teens
January 19, 2010
A film crew from Australia, headed up by Kate Clere, came to New Roads Middle School today to film our yoga classes. They are making a documentary on women and yoga. Kate wanted to interview teen girls who practice yoga.
As always, I was impressed by my students who spoke so articulately about their yogic experiences.
The theme for today’s class was non-violence, or ahimsa (Sanskrit). We used a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to start our discussion: “At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.” Students reflected on the quote and we entered a lively discussion on peace, acceptance, respect, equality and the connections between yoga and social justice.
Students proposed that violence denotes separation while love brings us together. I am constantly amazed at how readily young people understand the true meaning of yoga as unification.
Hopefully Kate’s documentary will inspire many schools to include yoga in their curriculum. Yoga provides an invaluable framework for youth to make sense of the world and their human experience.