It is no secret that yoga has many physical benefits. I feel them in every class that I've participated in with Rachel! But the mental and emotional benefits are often less obvious. One of the coolest parts of my internship so far has been having the opportunity to witness these more private struggles and achievements.
Rachel always starts class by first asking how everyone's week is going. The amazing part is that, every time, the kids answer. Now, that may sound silly, but I know that when my mom used to ask me how school went, I almost always had the same answer - fine. But these children, they want to talk openly and honestly about what is going on in their lives. A student told me that "[yoga class] is a safe place." Because of this, they share their stories without fear of judgement. What a great glimpse into one of the intangible benefits of yoga - an environment where kids share with, listen to, and help each other with whatever is going on in their hearts.