Open Air School Students

Share their thoughts about yoga:

We have yoga every morning that we are at the farm and that, for me, is always the best part of my days. At the beginning of the year, we started with yoga class outside on the back porch, but recently, we have been doing it indoors because of the cold weather. I drive an hour to get to Heartmoor all those three days a week, and I am not a morning person, trust me. Yoga, whether in the beginning I want to or not, I have never once regretted it. It is very helpful to me. It is my way of winding down and taking in the schedule and plans for the day ahead of me. I have participated in many different yoga classes over the past couple of years, but it wasn’t until this year that I noticed a change within myself from it. Personally, especially after living and feeling the effects it has on a teenager, I can safely say that this society’s adolescents would very much benefit from doing yoga on some sort of a routine basis. While it can easily feel like the world is crumbling around you, now-a-days in particular, all you can control is yourself; and the way you react to things, physically, verbally and emotionally. Yoga is a tool to exercise your decision making skills, intuition, compassion, stress management, the birth given connection each individual has to their mind and nature and acceptance as to where your mind and body’s limits stand that every deeply feeling person should take advantage of. Everyday I spend here on the farm, I feel a little more present; a little more connected; a little more surrounded, and that is because of yoga.   
-Luci, 15 years old

From a high school student’s point of view, mornings can range from being just sort of difficult (waking up late – domino effect has you 10 to 15 minutes late to school) to Guinness World Record awful (waking up very late, not having time for breakfast, trying to get to school before your second class but turning up around lunch, missing lunch because you had to talk to the teachers of classes you missed, being late to your first afternoon class, not having done the homework… etc.).

At Heartmoor’s Open Air School we start everyday with a thirty to forty-five minute yoga practice as a way of immediately getting intouch with our bodies and how we are feeling that morning. We do yoga because it’s good for our bodies and our souls, it rejuvenates and wakes us up in the mornings. Yoga is a very good practice because its calming, its restorative, its invigorating, and there are so many types of yoga – one for every mood/feeling/difficulty, yoga helps reset our minds and is good for brain growth as it stimulates our physical body along with our mental awareness.

I love doing yoga because of how it makes me feel about myself. I feel more capable and much more intune with my body, what I need, and how I feel each morning. I love yoga because it’s freeing, not only in the way poses get strung together to create a class, but because yoga moves – it makes you move, and not just physically, yoga makes our brains move. I love our yoga practices because I feel like I’m doing something good for me, not just my physical body, but my mental framework – which relaxes and is recharged by the practice of yoga.

Yoga is an exceptionally easy way to unwind/reset/relax, to find your inner self/reconnect with your inner self, and recharge your body and mind. I believe everyone should try doing yoga once in their life, it’s simple to find classes or it’s just as easy to create your own series of poses to do on a regular basis. That seems to be the key – on a regular basis – anything done on a regular basis has a much stronger foundation to be built on further in the future.

Here at Open Air School, we love doing yoga, not only because of the way it makes us feel at the end of a class, but because we know we are doing something for ourselves that will help all of our being.

-Maezie, 14 years old



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