The implementation of Strala in more than 30,000 schools, through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and now a newer program called BOKS, has been really wonderful and interesting. Through the foundations, the program resources are made freely available to the schools, in exchange for the schools – and teachers – adopting new standards, and new ways of being themselves.
This all works so much better when it’s
not just teachers telling kids what to do
and instead involves teachers influencing kids
through their own way of being,
and how they are in their own lives.
As a small example – no more soda machines in the teachers’ lounges!
I think this aspect of what we’re all doing – centering on how we are, and how easily and peacefully we’re able to move in our lives – is a very powerful starting point. How you are is what will influence kids the most. Much more than specific sequences or techniques. Those are useful too, but they follow the How. Without first giving attention to how we are, techniques are just things we do to each other, a bit like manipulation. There can be some impact, but it’s very far from our potential with each other.
This is an unusual concept. Standard teaching is done by memorizing and imparting information, from a disconnected place. But we all know the best teachers are so far from disconnected. We’ve felt this. We know the difference.
How you hold or release stress, how you move with tension or in harmony with your body, everything relating easily with everything else. How you breathe. How you approach challenge. The ways you move through and around your life, in everything you do, create a chemical exchange with your mind. This influences your perceptions, and your ability to connect with others.
Kids are especially sensitive to this.
They don’t have as much armor around them
as we adults tend to have.
They know when we’re moving gracefully and easily. They know when we’re struggling and stressed.
And it makes a difference.
That said, there are simple things to keep in mind. A small example here is, keep eye contact with your kids. If you put them into positions like down dog, you lose them. If you create some simple sequences that keep you connected with them, building up to some fun challenges like crow and dancer, this works very well.
Again, the center of everything is how you are. If you’d like to keep moving here, we cover the foundation and approach for bringing yoga into school programs during our Ready-to-Lead and Advanced Leadership Courses. You can use the link below for more information about our program and schedule.
About Strala Yoga Training
Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, to help people release stress, move easily through challenge, and live radiantly inspiring lives.
It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where we’re going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping us to find ease in our bodies and minds, and create the right conditions both for healing and optimal performance.
In our Strala Yoga Training Courses, you learn to shape your destiny on every level that counts, from your psychology, chemistry and neurology, to your chromosomes and even gene expression. The unique set of skills you develop – for connecting with yourself and others, unblocking your energy, healing what needs healing and accomplishing challenge with ease – uncovers your ability to create the life you want, and be an inspiring leader to the people around you.