In part 1 of this blog series, I highlighted the benefits of partner yoga exercises like contemplation, dyad sharing and journaling. In part 2 of the series, I offered an exercise and discussion prompts for contemplating compassion. Part 3 focuses on creating community, an essential step in teen development.
Contemplation on Community
Reflect on your community. Start with your home. Think for a moment about the people you live with and how you feel about our home community. Now, expand your thinking to include other families and people living around you. Perhaps there are spiritual centers, churches, mosques, synagogues, or temples in your community. What about the markets and restaurants you visit? Are those a part of your community? Think about the community you are a part of at school. And the communities your parents are a part of at work. What do you appreciate about your community? What would you like to change about your community? What special contribution can you make to your community?
- How can practicing partner yoga affect a community of peers?
- Our classroom is a micro community. What do you need to feel safe and secure here?
- What skills do we practice in partner yoga that can contribute to a healthy, thriving community?
- List some of the aspects of your home community that you appreciate. Make another list of the aspects you would like to change.
- How can you contribute to this change?
- Are there any skills you are learning in partner yoga practice that can help make this contribution?