Last week, Rivendell School celebrated the International Day of Yoga. In 2015, the day became a UN international day of observance to promote “health, harmony, and peace” throughout the world. During Friday assembly, the Sulman students educated their peers with interesting facts about the popular (and relaxing!) activity – including information on its Northern Indian origins, and the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” – The Bhagavad Gita
Sulman students also taught their peers about the different forms of yoga, and made recommendations based on experience and skill level. These included:
- Hatha Yoga
- Focuses on the basics with slower moving classes that require you to hold each pose for a few breaths.
- Best for: Beginners. Because of its slower pace, Hatha is a great class if you’re just starting your yoga practice.
- Vinyasa Yoga
- A more quick paced, dynamic practice that links movement and breath together in a dance-like way.
- Best for: Cardio lovers will enjoy Vinyasa because of its faster pace and continuous movement.
- Bikram Yoga
- Prepare to sweat! Consists of a specific series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises practiced in a room heated to approximately 40 degrees and 40 percent humidity.
- Best for: Amateurs. Those who are newer to yoga might like Bikram because of its predictable sequence.
- Yin Yoga
- Yin yoga poses are held for several minutes at a time. Like meditation, it may make you feel uncomfortable at first, but stick with it for a few classes and discover its restorative power.
- Best for: People who need to stretch and unwind.
To continue the trend of improving our physical, mental and spiritual selves, students across the school then participated in a ‘mindfulness group walk’ around the school grounds, where they took note of the things that could SMELL, SEE, HEAR, TASTE, and TOUCH. Students then had the opportunity to complete either a 10 minute class of relaxing stretching exercises; or complete a ‘gratitude journal’ where students had the opportunity to reflect on something that they felt grateful for.