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Middle School Kids Stage Coolest Yoga Flash Mob Ever

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“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.

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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]

12 comments… add one

  • t. paige

    It’s a shame you didn’t have this available to you. But actually I think you probably did have something available that might even be better. Your neighborhood church or synagogue. Not quite as cool, I understand, but that’s the real shame here. There are still people who get a lot out of church and I know there are churches I would shy away from fer sure, so I guess we need to ask the reason. Is it the parent’s fault, or the parent’s doing, or the churches? I find the 23rd Psalm very grounding and calming. Pity that it isn’t taught in the schools. I challenge this school to teach their students the 23 Psalm…The Lord is my shepherd, he maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside still waters…he restoreth my soul…

  • bridget

    Because it has nothing to do with religion.

  • Namaste Bridget. :)

  • Edward

    @t. paige like everyone said already (and I had to concur) yoga doesn’t involve us “worshipping” deities. God, Jesus et al are all cool all and yoga is yet another means to find peace, in mind and body. You should try yoga sometime.

  • Lisa

    Not quite accurate. Yoga poses are based on deities and the use of asanas and meditation and many of the spiritual-body concepts are related to ideas that come out of eastern religions and philosophies. Yoga has become popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world; and here particularly in the USA, many tend to try to separate the practice of yoga from its deeper meanings, however it is important that we do our research and understand the origins of the practices.

  • Nathan W.

    Yoga being spiritual and based on aspects of religion do not make Yoga a religion. There is no reason for t. paige to be fearful of yoga. He or she can practice yoga and Christianity at the same time.

  • Nathan W.

    t. paige. Yoga is not about being cool. It is a place where you don’t have to be cool. Yoga is not about religion, but it can help you maintain your faith.

  • Rebecca

    This was one of the best experiences I have had and I will remember it forever. Yoga and Meditation is such a great thing to lean and do everyday to center your mind, body and spirit. At Odyssey Community we do a meditation led by one of our teachers every morning before classes, it helps me to prepare for the rest of the day and it helps me to focus in classes better. I hope to lead my class in a meditation I prepare for them soon. I feel that our centerings at Odyssey create good energy everyday and that good energy spreads out into the Asheville community making everyone happy!
    Peace, Love, and Joy,
    Rebecca :)

  • So wonderful to see kids practicing together and in a flash mob! Really nice! Well done Ms. Mc Carter!

  • Maiya

    t. paige,

    you lost me at “shame”

  • Stephany Fair

    We had a flash mob in Memphis a week ago! Ages 6-56. There is video on my facebook page:) Would really like to consider a date to do this…..all over the USA and beyond.

  • Gayatri

    As a middle school teacher and a yoga teacher I find this VERY inspiring.

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