Communication Yoga Practice & Philosophy Class
with Valerie Ellis
My "why" for teaching comes from a desire to offer courses that are both trauma informed and trauma sensitive, and for this reason, movement in my classes is focused on being autonomous and self-directed, i.e. if you are on the mat, you are doing yoga. I have two years of experience overseas in a Montessori style environment with children from 6 months to 8 years old AND in a sexual violence center dedicated to child and adolescent survivors, two years of experience teaching swim lessons and yoga to children from 6 months to 18 years old, and twelve years of experience in higher education (including teaching college classes to students in a wide variety of ages).
8-12 years old
In this yoga and meditation class, we will create a class contract with an opportunity for each student to share 2-3 ideas of kind and compassionate behaviors in which the class may engage. Optionally, if time allows, a yamas and niyamas (bonus activity) will be included, with a teacher generated list of yoga philosophies for the students to choose from in the language of Sanskrit along with a teacher explanation of definitions in English, so that students may decide which ones can be best applied to today’s class. Students will be given the opportunity to contribute to the selection of the most recurring themes in the class contract to use for today’s intentions and move into creating options for empowering yoga intentions. We will then move into exploring breathing tools and choosing individual intentions (which may be kept confidential based on each student's comfort level). Physical asanas (yoga poses) may include, but not be limited to, “shoulders up” warm ups, a lion or lioness sequence, a runner to hero sequence, a humble warrior balancing Sequence with optional camel opening poses, a seal of yoga sequence (as time allows). A highlights and closing sequence will include a full body scan and time for inward contemplation, opening up the opportunity for students to share any final thoughts/opinions and reflections.
- A yoga mat and/or blanket and a journal for post-class reflections.