A couple of weeks of go I was invited to share in a yoga practice at Title Boxing Club in Prairie Village, Kansas…….seems a bit odd? Well, truthfully it was for a moment. I walked into a gym with a large group of people looking unleashed as they were swinging hard on punching bags in unison with hard-hitting music. It was all game face on and sweat puddles on the ground. In that crowd emerged the petite, sure of herself, as well as her message Holly Reynolds. I had the pleasure of meeting Holly several weeks ago when she attended one of my yoga classes.
After our practice together she invited me to be a guest instructor for her non-profit organization Fight Club. This program has been created to help teenagers between the ages of 13-17 years to help empower themselves against bullying whether physical, or verbal. Without hesitation I said, “Yes!” I honestly did not know what I had agreed to, but I was happy to be involved in a program that shared, and practiced a positive message. I had never worked with, or taught a large group of teenagers before, so it was a little uncomfortable to start…..I also wasn’t sure how they would respond to a yoga practice.
To my surprise and relief this youthful group of participants were responsive, as well as willing to try something that was new to the largest majority of them. As I gained my confidence in sharing, it appeared that they gained their confidence in participating. I must admit while standing at the front of the class it was quite a lovely sight to witness the individual expressions of their Swan Dives, Updogs and Warriors.
I don’t know if any of them will ever do yoga again, but that wasn’t the point. What mattered is they were willing to try something different. They also found that they were capable of pushing their boundaries with patience and confidence. Along with a supportive awareness of themselves, as well as for the people who shared in the practice with them. When I realized that I helped to create that moment with that special group of kids…..it was quite a good feeling.
So, I say……Job Well Done Mrs. Holly Reynolds, as well as the staff/supporters of Fight Club!!! By creating small moments for these youth you’re creating large opportunities for bright futures for your students. Thank You again for allowing YOUYOGA to experience a taste of the greatness that you all create everyday for the kids of Fight Club.
Find out more about Fight Club, and how you can support this organization: HollyReynoldsesthetics@yahoo.com