Evolve in the moment

I’m trying to pull through my children’s yoga classes in a way which sits within the framework of the six half terms within a school year, around six classes each.

As with all of my classes, I like to anchor them in a framework and philosophical grounding cord, then allow them to evolve in the moment.

This is the beauty and the curse of teaching yoga to children. On the one hand, repetition and boundaries are extremely helpful in maintaining expectations. On the other, we risk losing children’s inherent ability to stay present and come up with ideas I would never have come up with by myself.

The second challenge is to give them enough which is tangible to frame their understanding, without adding more “stuff” into their worlds. Somehow going deep into ideas whilst continuing to hold their attention and move the class along with some zip.

The third challenge, which, I admit, is mainly my insecurities surfacing: how can I tell if this is having any impact? When you teach adults, you can assume they’re there because they want to be. With children, that’s not so clear cut. Yoga is big and deep and wide and that’s a big ask for busy minds and fidgety bodies. So as teachers, we have to be patient, we have to trust the process and that when we plant a seed, we can till the soil, but we have little control over how, when and even if that seed will germinate.

To ground myself at these times, I turn to the words of the Bhaghavad Gita, in which Krishna says to Arjuna – his friend and mentee:

“You have the right to work, but for the work’s sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working.”