Ash and Rebecca do dance and yoga

I took a yoga class in Peru this week with some snazzy singers and found myself thinking sweet thoughts of our crew of yoga dancers who participated in Yoga/Dance with myself and Ms. Rebecca Salem (check out her blog at http://yogayourself.blogspot.com/). This class was a new adventure in exploring the connection between our internal and external selves in the Chester Andover Elementary School Library, summertime style. What a gift it was to co-teach and feel refreshed and inspired by a woman so dedicated to her craft... as well as spend my mornings walking from the farm downtown to play and move with young folk I grew to deeply adore. We moved from centering exercises to space walks around the room to sun salutations and poses to improvisation across the carpeted well-loved library floor. The kids made choreography every day: creating a group phrase where every child included a movement, linked poses based on secret messages from the animal poses in yoga, and opposite explorations (hot/cold, slow/fast, left/right). Families came of the last day to partner up and learn a little more about their moving young ones.

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I swear I did not hurt this dear child...

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Families connecting their way across the floor...