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The Final Countdown

Remember those nights before an exam at your school? I thought I would never have to go through this again but my yoga journey brought me back to school! Fortunately this time it’s more fun and interesting and assessment, though not easy, requires more creativity and positive energy than any other before. It doesn’t change the fact that I couldn’t sleep the night before.

So the day has come! The day when we had to use our superpowers, imagination and techniques we have learned during the training to prepare and subsequently perform 30-minutes long final practicum with a chosen age group. Alas not the group or time chosen by us but the blind fate… as I draw up, my biggest fear and nightmare – 3 to 5 years olds (apparently not so blind) and I had to wait two lessons to become a teacher.

During the training, we definitively became more creative, confident with children and more childish in a way. I can tell, all of us went through a great transformation and we could see it during our final practicum. During the training I realized that I cannot sing yet, but even so nobody cared and kids won’t care either. It’s all about them, not about us. Our role is to entertain them, so we can educate them, according to their needs and abilities.

So I sang and danced. I drew ugly animals’ pictures so the kids can easily copy them and brought a bag of veggies stolen from the Eco-Logic’s kitchen, so we could take their forms. I used ridiculous games and visualizations and put it all together in a story that would teach children the importance of community and move their bodies at the same time. It wasn’t perfect, but I did my best and the other girls did the same. Each of us in her own unique style. And as a prize, we had to listen to really looong feedback from our lovely teacher as well as from each other. Luckily, it contained not only the things to work on, but also all the WOW!’s and good things, which made me think I really can do it with kids… get ready kiddos, we are coming!

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