There are eight limbs, or parts, in yoga.
- Yama – Kindness, Respect, Integrity, “The Golden Rule”
- Niyama – Self Discipline
- Asana – The physical practice, The actual poses in yoga
- Pranayama – Breath
- Pratyahara – Focus on self, Blocking out negative influences from the outside world
- Dharana – Concentration, Mental Focus
- Dhyana – Mediation
- Samadhi – Happiness
Girls in the program get a chance to break down these limbs during 75 minute weekly sessions. A typical class starts with an introduction to the day’s theme, followed by a 30 minute asana practice. Once everyone’s had the chance to sweat off their school day, students get to journal, have discussions, mediate, and complete various activities.
The session closes with a “homework assignment” that will motivate the girls to think and practice the theme throughout the week. Parents receive a questions guide so great discussion can continue at home.
One unit lasts 9 weeks, and each unit is different so girls can participate in a whole school year of after school yoga without repeating a unit or feeling bored with the program. Units are also independent of one another, so just because she didn’t do the first 9 weeks, doesn’t mean she can’t do the second.
However she chooses to participate she will leave feeling more focused, more confident, and more ready to take on her world!