Hi! My name is Ronda. I have been employed here at St. Joseph’s Indian School for the last 27 years as a school nurse, and I love my career in that. But I have always longed for a little bit more. I have become a yoga teacher while employed here at St. Joe’s. As well as a wellness coach. This past school year I was fortunate enough to be asked if I would do yoga classes to the students here on the grounds at St. Joe’s. I taught yoga to grades one through eight, this past school year. They had a 40 minute class period and we would start with a little centering and then we would go on and do a little bit of activity in the poses and then at the end they always got their rest time where they got to just relax. Yoga provides balance, it provides strength, it helps with relaxation, it helps with sleep. Especially with the students, know their place. When you come to class you are on a mat, and I tell the kids this : That is your safe place, that is your spot Being aware of your body, Being in control of your movements, and being okay with how ever that is is part of a healing process that yoga has to assist people to work through stressers or traumatic events. The difference between movement and calmness is something that I don’t think anybody practices that enough. just to be just to be still and to remember you are just a kid. Let’s just play and have some fun moving our body, strengthening our body, working with the stressers. I hope they remember it when they are gone. When they leave here, because one day they will leave here whether from graduation or from other choices that they make, I hope they remember one part of it just if they remember to take a breath, just to take a breath.