When we first arrived to the Monastery we learned that we would be teaching the 13-16 year old girls from 7 to 9 am, and from 5 to 6 pm. ‘Ooph’ was our first reaction. 3 hours of yoga? That’s a lot for beginners. At the end of that first day, little faces started appearing in the room, 7 and 8 year old girls eager to see what we were up to. We really wanted to be able to bring yoga to the younger girls, too, so we asked if we could teach them from 5 to 6 instead of the older girls. We got good news and bad news, so to speak.
We could teach the younger girls, but we would add a class from 7 to 8 pm. Yikes! Not only 4 hours of teaching a day, BUT 7 to 8 is not an ideal time to teach girls who have been sitting in meditation all day. We needed a different plan.
Our first day with the girls surprised us. Though we’d watch them wiggle and deviate from their task when
the head nun left the room, they were eager to listen and participate in yoga with us. When you look out at a sea of shaved heads, in tiny robes, looking eagerly at us, it’s stunning to think that many of them are 2nd and 3rd graders. We did adjust some of the yoga activities with this in mind, including an Om Circle.