Last week I had the pleasure of teaching five classes to teens at Boca High. My new friend Stefanie Gross invited me in to share life-lessons with her students. Stefanie is an English teacher turned yoga instructor at this high school, and her classes are filled to the brim with students that may never have crossed paths, but through the unification of yoga, anything is possible! Stefanie is the creator of Move Through Yoga, as program for teens which she has assembled into a high school curriculum. My hero?? Ah….yes.
What amazed me so was how open these teens were to discussing their struggles and challenges. How alive they seemed to feel just being in a room where there was no judgement and the focus is on love and oneness. What a gift this school provides for their students, and how hungry the students are to share in what is real. I was amazed at the response I received from the classes. I had no idea what to expect, as the students could have yawned and paid no attention. But instead the opposite was true, they want to lead a peaceful life, and don’t mind being guided as to how to do it. Life-skills is the most empowering lesson that we continually learn in life, sometimes over and over again until we get it right. The answer is love, compassion and gentleness. We are not taught to do this in school. We are encouraged to compete and be judged on our grades and our appearance. How humbling an experience to learn the truth in high school, that we are all in this together, learning from one another, experiencing life together. The goal is the same no matter what our backgrounds, intelligence or looks, we are here to love unconditionally, not judge, and take responsibility for our actions, thoughts and feelings. How freeing is it to learn the truth with our peers?
Thank you dear Stefanie for inviting me into your yoga room to share with your students. Deep gratitude for an amazing day.