Recently I was honoured and privileged to co-facilitate the fit club for girls for 9 – 12 year olds at Heritage Fitness in Carleton Place. Every time a new session of this amazing program begins, I can’t help but feel emotional as I prepare for the weeks ahead – understanding what this program is truly all about. It’s giving girls a safe space to share their ideas, talk about their problems, explore themselves through cooperative games, yoga, mindfulness techniques, creative expression, self-esteem activities and activities that challenge their bodies and their minds. The foundation of this program is helping to support the understanding that these girls matter – everything about them matters. As the weeks unfold, the bonds that are created are beautiful to watch and I’m always sad when we enter our last session of the 9 weeks. This past program was especially sad, as a little girl shared with the group about another little girl in her class was going through a serious illness. That little girl goes to school with my son. Tears were shared in the sacred circle of these exceptional young women and we talked about that experience, as well as empathy. We also shared a beautiful meditation, imagining that sweet little 10 year old healthy and happy and whole. Please join us at Surya Daya, on Sunday March 31st, from 2:30 – 3:30 for our next karma class for this little girl and her family. We will do some gentle light movement in Lilly’s honour and join together for that same meditation, followed with a nourishing relaxation. The class will be by donation (suggested amount is $10) and 100% of proceeds will go to Lilly and her family to help support them through this time. We hope you can join us. It hurts my heart when I learn of the number of cases of childhood illness in our own little community. This class will be child friendly. Our Karma Yoga donation box will be out, on the shelf above the props, if you would like to contribute but are unable to attend the class, as we are accepting donations on the family’s behalf.
Yours in kindness, and with much love and gratitude