- Published: Friday, 17 July 2015 23:58
Richard, one of our volunteer teachers, shares his connection and dedication to the young men at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, and his willingness to overcome whatever it takes to get there:
Yesterday at MacLaren we had 5 young men in class, one first timer and one second timer. I started our practice with a prayer on intention from the Dalai Lama, and then moved into belly breathing. We continued on the floor with some spinal twists, then cat/cow to downward dogs, and then to some standing poses.
As an opportunity to get to know them better, I went down to MacLaren on the previous Saturday to run the 3rd annual Fourth of July Half Marathon with some of the guys, so there was a lot of talk about the race and how sore we were. By the time we got into warrior III, there was lots of laughter and talk about sports figures who practice yoga and even ballet.
With 20 min left in the practice, we got back down to the mat and in "trying" to get a little quieter, we moved into bridge, spinal twists and savasana, with legs up the wall and a little guided meditation.
On a little personal note, it was my second day teaching solo. I was nervous about that! My day started off with a flat tire and pretty much stayed at that level. As I was driving home after our practice, I was so glad my flat tire did not happen while I was driving there. So glad I showed up… no matter how much anxiety I had. Without a doubt, teaching at MacLaren was not only the better part of my day… it MADE my day!