Empowering girls through yoga

On Saturday I volunteered at the Girl Power Summit at a middle school near where I live. I taught the girls yoga.

The girls were second to seventh graders. The girls were in or will be in programs designed to keep girls active and healthy with mentorship and leadership.

I taught five groups of girls. (There were probably between 40-50 girls per group.)

They participated in all kinds of activities that day: yoga, dodgeball, Zumba, hip hop dance, crafts, gymnastics and an obstacle course.

The idea for Saturday’s event was to motivate and inspire girls in their ability to make healthy lifestyle choices, and create positive change in their lives and others with encouraging positive self-esteem and cultural and community pride.

It was fun, challenging and exhausting working with the girls. I don’t have a lot of experience teaching kids yoga. So this was definitely a learning experience for me.

Before yoga they played dodgeball. That was a wild game. Then I had to calm them down for yoga.

I found that the girls were very receptive to breath work and were quite good at it. And it was a great transition from the ball game to our yoga practice.

There were no … Continue reading

Burning calories out on the dance floor

On Saturday night Curt and I went to a wedding, which was attended by a few other good friends.

It was a beautiful ceremony and a great party.

Free flowing sparkling wine and beer among some other adult beverages. I took part in wine, sparkling wine and water. I had some delicious lamb for dinner as well.

I judge a wedding by the party. And this wedding gets great props for a fun DJ who played danceable (is that even a word?) music, which made for an awesome time.

I danced so much that my calves are still sore today.

(And my lower back is a little sore as well. That could have something to do with dancing in heels most of the night.)

I have been told I am a good dancer. And not to toot my own horn, but I think I am.

Regardless, I just get out there and have a good time and don’t really care whether I am good or not. My dancing includes a lot of jumping and use of my arms and hands. I really get into it and have a ton of fun.

Dancing is a great, easy and fun workout. All … Continue reading