"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." -- Meister Eckhart
It’s great to tailor your kids yoga classes this week to include some gratitude practice. Remembering to be thankful is a practice, too!
Gratitude Check In: After your 'Om, Om Song' or regular, ritual way of beginning a child yoga practice, take time for a gratitude check in. I like to pass a ball around the yoga class...when you receive it, share one thing you are thankful for, right now, in your life. Perhaps introduce the concept of dedicating your practice (the fruits of your efforts) to someone else. Who or what would you like to dedicate your practice to? Who or what are you thankful for?
Turkey Pose: There are so many animal poses in yoga, but no Turkey! It’s fun to ask kids to invent a Turkey pose, alone or in groups. The only criteria I set is the pose must include balance, flexibility or strength, and focus. Kids then get to take on the role of teacher and share their Turkey with the whole class. Because I’m a vegetarian, I might also invent Tofurkey pose. :)
Gratitidue Flags: I like to bring in Prayer Flags and show them to the class. In a public school environment, I may call them Intention or Wish Flags. We celebrate the colors and talk about the tradition of displaying these flags. Then we break normal yoga class routines to create Gratitude Flags together.