Yoga Principle #8: Have Alone Time
Be reflective. Spend time with yourself. Know yourself. Take the time for quiet. Be still.
Avoid: being too busy, being superficial/looking outward or to others for answers to who you are
Practice: enjoying peaceful moments in solitude, being reflective, pondering the question “Who am I?”
Example: Rather than hopping online to check your e-mail when you get home from school, you choose to head up to your favorite corner of your room. You turn off your phone and play your favorite calming music for 10 minutes while sitting in Easy Pose with your eyes closed. You feel refreshed and calm and confident about your ability to do a great job on your writing assignment.
Other Ideas: Sun Salutations in silence, pre-rise breathing, journaling
• I Believe in Me: A Book of Affirmations, by Connie Bowen
• The Way I Feel, by Janan Cain
• I Take a DEEEP Breath!, by Sharon R. Penchina
• Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, and Irene
• The Affirmation Web: A Believe in Yourself Adventure, by Lori Lite and Helder Botelho
• Is There Really a Human RACE?, by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
Excerpted from Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for
Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children(F+W/Adams Media, 2013) by Lisa Flynn, E-RYT,
RCYT, Founder of ChildLight Yoga® and Yoga 4 Classrooms®.