“It’s really cool to for an age group that is normally considered to be angsty, or [to] have a chip on their shoulder to want to spread serenity and show their practice,” Megan McCarter, teacher at Odyssey Community School in Asheville, NC.
These yoga-practicing, meditating teenagers make us feel that much more confident in the future of humanity. Middle school students at the progressive Odyssey Community School in Asheville, NC put together their own orderly and organized yoga/meditation flash mob last Thursday, October 31. The chillin’s created their own yoga sequence and then sat in meditation in a highly trafficked public space in downtown Asheville.
What’s maybe even cooler than sixth, seventh and eighth graders being inspired to stage such a peaceful event, is that it’s really not that unusual, according to their teacher Megan McCarter.
“We do all different kinds of centering,” says McCarter. “Yoga is one of them. Sometimes we go on walks, sometimes we do art, listen to music and we do all different types of meditation. It’s just to expose them to all different kinds of ways to ground yourself and focus.”
Fantastic! Now, we’re pretty sure these kids still have angst and anger and all that fun pubescent stuff, they’re not mini monks! But, how cool is it yoga and meditation are COOL, and they’re even cool enough to practice with and in front of your friends, and everyone else passing by. We want to give them all hugs! Are hugs cool these days?
Public Display of Yoga Winners 2013.
[Via Mountain Xpress]