Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thank you for the yoga!

I couldn't ask for anything more. I had a great time with the kids and staff in room 304, Ms. Sands room. I hope I will see them again in September. 3 cheers for in-school yoga programs. Make room for your next YOGA-SNACK!

Yoga Therapy for Every Special Child:Meeting Needs in a Natural Setting by Nancy Williams is a wonderful book. I love the nice flow of the pose section and found it a very successful template for my work in the Special Ed classroom. The book is very informative and clearly written.

Monday, June 14, 2010


I am happy; I am good.
A-E-I-O; A-E-I-O; A-E-I-O-U.
Ha ha ha ha; He he he he; Ho ho ho ho; Hooooooo

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Yoga-Snack: Great Connections!

Today was my fourth day of yoga in room #304 and when I entered the room, I immediately felt a great connection to my students. There it was, right on the daily schedule “yoga with Eve: 9AM”. I was greeted cheerfully by the room’s staff and the students came up to me individually to say hello. Room 304 is very peaceful and there is a definite feeling of kindness and respect.

I presented some new elements today and we dove in enthusiastically. The students were smiling and laughing and really enjoying themselves.

Class started by creating the “heart mudra” (Mudra is a potent hand positions or finger-posture that profoundly influences and focuses the body's energy). You start with the “om mudra” (thumbs and pointer fingers joined in a circle) bring your middle fingers to touch and then taking the circle of the right hand (middle fingers pointing down) touch your heart. There we did 3 large relaxing breaths. The second breathing exercise was hands relaxed, cupped inside each other, on our laps and on our inhale we sat up a little more upright and then with our exhale, we relaxed and slouched a little.

Lying down, we did full body stretches with our feet pointing towards the center of the room and our arms stretched over head and reaching towards the outer walls. Next, we pulled our legs in, and gave ourselves a big yoga hug. Holding our right leg, we stretched it to the ceiling for a gentle hamstring stretch and then rolled our ankles both clockwise and counter clockwise. We then repeated that n the left leg and then one more legs in hug.


Bridge Pose

Rock and Roll to sit up

Seated forward bend

Reverse Table Top


Star Pose and opposite hand to foot windmill (hand would reach down to foot)

Triangle pose

Tree Pose



Monday, June 7, 2010

Sanskrit in room 304

One of the students in room 304 asked me what language I was speaking during yoga class. I explained to her that it was Sanskrit, a classical language of India. I told her I would make her a list of our class poses in both English and Sanskrit:

Art of Breath: Pranyama

Poses: Asanas

Mountain Pose: Tadasana

Forward Bend: Uttanasana

Chair Pose: Utkatasana

Cobra: Bhujangasana

Downward Facing Dog Pose: Adho Mukha Svanasana

Warrior I/II/III: Virabhadrasana I/II/III

Triangle Pose: Utthita Trikonasana

Tree Pose: Vrksasana

Child’s Pose: Balasana

Corpse Pose: Savasana