Navigating from Dark States to Light States can be obscure and confusing from time to time. Knowing this challenge, Cheneah maps out her route from the state of Anger to the state of Calm to help bring clarity to her process of letting go.
Watchful, Thoughtful, and Reserved. Cemelia Winn, pictured in the red sweatshirt, spent several weeks with her gaze averted when approached by another. Deeply kindhearted and eager to make friends despite her quiet nature, she one day approached me with a request for more partners poses. This typically soft spoken student found her voice! She expressed her need and desire to connect with the her peers. Her face lit up as she collaborated with her classmates and cultivated meaningful relationships with them.
When reflecting upon what she learned over the semester, Cemelia mentions these newfound friendships, as well as the general effect yoga had on her mind and body…
(Doing Your Chores)
What was it like to take yoga as class in school?
“I enjoyed every moment I spent time the lovable people in yoga class. Sometimes, I have a stressful time and hated to do yoga, but when I actually tried, it helped me a lot. When I first started yoga, my body felt stiff and I didn’t really know how to look at myself or my emotions. As time passed by, I learned how to help myself get calmer and forgive people.”
What pose did you like to practice often?
“My favorite pose is dark seed light because it helps me get grounded.”
What state do you like to act from?
“My all time favorite state is calm.”
Please share a bit of wisdom you have discovered through practicing yoga.
Trinity thought she had her recipe figured out. For the most part, this grounded young woman did indeed have herself figured out, mostly…but when she took the time to look within and test herself, she gained a few new insights and little tools to add some spice to her life.
After living in such fear and doubt, Aleikah was concerned her stew was spoiled. This is not how yoga works! When she finally harnessed enough courage to look inside her slow-cooking pot, she was relieved to find such positivity! Strength of body, peace of mind, and trust in self are just a few ingredients that really came to life for her.
When Aisha lifted the lid to reveal the growth she underwent, she discovered a world of, Yes. She became aware of her own greatness, the power she can bring to any experience and stopped getting in her own way.
After two months of simmering, it was time for Michelle to take a look at all of the goodness she had been cultivating through her yoga practice. She discovered strength and a tremendous growth in emotional awareness.
In a stew, all of the ingredients are thrown into one big pot, set on a low simmer, and sealed with a hope that the myriad of flavors coalesce. Transformation is much like a stew sealed in our beloved crock pot. We’re given the tools needed for growth, and sometimes when we take a peek, we notice that we need a little more flexibility, or playfulness, or sometimes just a little more time.
About half-way throughout each semester at Druid Hills High, we ask our students to share any transformations they’ve undergone and what they might need in order to continue their growth.
Ruqayah’s brilliant honesty with herself will keep her