On Tuesday October 18, 2011, children and families of Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama (SRSG) held the official opening of their new children's yoga classroom located in a Gurukulam Dormitory of the SRSG campus. This is the first of three rooms which will be devoted to children's yoga programming leading up to the International Yoga Youth and Children's Retreat (YYCR) December 22-31, 2011, and followed by an Indian International Yoga Youth and Children's Retreat scheduled for November 2012.
Throughout the month of October, ashram guest, Laura Quartieri, from Italy worked with Nalini Behari (a co-organizer of the upcoming retreat) to clean and prepare the new classroom. Together they held a three-week children's yoga class, which will likely continue for at least the next few months with various guest teachers from the international community.
Meeting on Sunday mornings for approximately 1-2 hours, Quartieri led playful and inspired hatha yoga sessions, which loosely followed a pirate story theme. Children acted out sea and island adventures through movement and song while periodically taking 1-2 minute meditation breaks ending with a collective "Aaaauuuummm".
The opening event was a nice opportunity for the children to demonstrate what they learned over the past few weeks to their parents. Children sang their favorite songs and proudly displayed their artwork and short stories around the classroom for the parents to see. After the demonstrations were over, Nalini and Quartieri shared sweets with the children and parents. By the end of the night, the room was bursting with squirrely child energy manifested as a joyous family dance party!
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