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Yoga 4 Classrooms around the world: children in Guatemala doing classroom yoga in Spanish

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Here is yet another inspiring story about how the Yoga 4 Classrooms is making its way to school children not only nationally, but internationally!

Can you do Rey Bailarin with your kids?

Licensed Yoga 4 Classrooms Trainer, Stephanie Brown shares her story:

"I came to Guatemala to learn Spanish in order to serve more Spanish-speaking families as a pediatric occupational therapist in North Carolina. I also came to help teach English to this adorable group of 9-12 year olds in the town of San Pedro La Laguna. I have been teaching with an American pediatrician who kept talking about how "antsy" her class was.

I decided that adding Y4C to the beginning of the day would not only help the children focus longer, but would be a great way to practice my Spanish. The pediatrician, Denise, and I translated the names of a few activities. The kids responded well and enjoyed the change of pace.

The children are a part of a program called Ninos Del Lago. It is a program that helps to support the education for children who do not have many resources within an area that is already full of poverty. We told the children that these "ejercicios especiales" (special exercises) were good for both their body and their mind. Some of their favorite exercises were luna creciente (crescent moon), gato (cat), and rey bailarin (king dancer). We are going to continue using Y4C at the beginning of each English class".

 Also read our post about Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck used by a volunteer in Botswana.


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Stephanie commented on 19-Nov-2012 11:51 AM
I just wanted to give you all an update:
By the third day of using Y4C with these amazing children, you could hear a pin drop during desk rest (although we got to listen to the birds signing outside)! They were so enthusiastic about Y4C that I'm thinking of translating some of the cards and sending the information to them to use everyday. :)
Lisa Flynn commented on 28-Nov-2012 09:42 PM
Thank you for sharing Stephanie! Love the idea of translating the cards, too. Let's talk about that!
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