Yesterday I was super tired, but crazy productive. I did manage to do some chores around the house, thankfully, and handled a lot of business stuff. I managed to get signed up with Yoga Alliance, get insurance, ordered business cards, sent out some emails to potential places to work, started a spreadsheet for tax purposes, and bought a new planner.
I have more things to do today that are administrative in nature, but I also get to go to work. Doing yoga. There is a local non-profit called Yoga Village that puts teachers in high needs communities (schools, shelters, etc) for people who could benefit from yoga. The director called me yesterday to ask me if I wanted to be a teacher for an after school program that starts today. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. I have a very special place in my heart for high needs kids. If I am able to give to my community, then I am all about it. And it is quite beneficial for them. So for the next 4 Tuesday’s I will be hanging out after school with K-7th graders and teaching them some yoga. She was so pleased that I was available. But honestly, I would do anything to get to work with these kids. It really does wonders for the soul. I don’t even know them yet, but I am so excited to get to know them. And hopefully give them some tools to help them off the mat.
I have been working with high needs youth since 2008, off and on. I started when going to New York University for graduate school. I did a work study program called America Reads, America Counts that put students in different schools throughout the city to help teachers and students. I ended up at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the South Bronx. I worked with two teachers, who were so amazing, that taught 9th and 10th grade humanities. I had never been the minority until the first day at that school. It was quite shocking to my sheltered southern self, but I grew to know the students and I adore them to this day. They taught me so much about life. The best day in that experience was when one of the girls told me that I was officially one of them. It took most of the semester, but that was fine. I still keep up with a couple of them, and I am proud to say that they are doing great things in life, and I like to think that maybe I had a little something to do with that. Maybe I didn’t, but even if that is the case they gave me so much more than I could have ever anticipated.
My friend Marah introduced me to Yoga Village last spring. She was working for them, and wanted to get me involved. I had already started my RYT-200 training so it was okay that I went. We went to a local elementary school, also high needs, and had a blast. They are the sweetest little kids. We worked mostly with the autistic kids and watching them adapt and grow in their practice each week was magical. Getting to know all their little personalities was humbling and exciting. Sitting and thinking about them now I can’t help but giggle remembering little things that happened. I hope to see them again in September to see what has changed and hear their stories.
As I mentioned before, I’m totally stoked to go and hang out with these kids. One of the most important things to do as a yoga instructor is to give to the community. Providing service not only helps the community grow and evolve, but it is good for the soul too. I hope to do more and more as the weeks and months pass.
So here’s to the beginning! So much beautiful opportunity out there that is ripe for the picking! All you have to do is find it. I didn’t think this would happen so fast, but I’m so grateful and thankful that it has! Let the adventure begin! ❤