I’m Myra Giaffoglione I’m the co-founder and
kids yoga teacher for CF yogi. I have two CF warriors of my own: Jack was born in
2012 and his sister Abigail in 2014. The benefits of a yoga practice for kids are vast especially for our CF kids we’ve all heard how important exercise
can be. The type of exercise that yoga introduces it’s very non-competitive.
It can easily be adjusted, modified, and it’s so encouraged for every body type
not just with kids but with adults too. There’s so much focus on alignment, on
body awareness, of knowing where your body parts are in relation to your
surroundings and each other. It teaches us to tune in and recognize how we’re
feeling in any given moment in any given pose. It builds a relationship between
our body and our minds and it encourages us to feel good about the things that
our bodies can do instead of the things that they can’t. It gives us a sense of
enjoying the journey as we watch ourselves incrementally get better.
Whether it’s with balance with flexibility with strength. And these are
things that in little bits and pieces are sprinkled throughout our yoga
practice with kids. So they don’t know they’re being taught, they’re just
following along with a fun flow learning a fun story. And sneaking in these little
tidbits, these things that I hope are going to stick with them. I think
they will, I’ve seen them, seen it happen. I’ve seen it work with my own. My
dream for my kids is that they recognize and revel in their strengths and never
consider cystic fibrosis a limitation or a weakness. I want them to navigate this
world comfortable in their own skins confident that nothing stands in their
way. There is no failure beyond failure of their
imagination and their action to achieve their dreams. Up we go to say hello to the sun Folding down we say hello to the ground Take a step back and beep beep beep Step the other leg and lay down and go to sleep now we’re awake we wiggle up like a snake Curling our toes we lift into a dog pose step forward again and beep beep beep Step the other leg and wave down into our feet Now to finish our song we lift up tall and strong Reach for the sky to wave the sun
goodbye with our hands at our hearts there’s only one thing to say one two three namaste See you on the mat!