After Chihuahuas attempting world records and the discovery of Drake yoga, I wasn’t sure how September was going to live up to the yoga stories of summer 2016. I didn’t need to worry. From Goat Yoga to swapping detention for mindfulness, September was full of inspiring yoga stories.
Here’s a roundup of the yoga and mindfulness news that made me smile this month.
1. Get excited about Goat Yoga
Goats are hilarious. Goats + yoga = possibly the best idea anyone has ever had. Somewhere in between animal therapy and laughter yoga, the Goat Yoga story of No Regrets Farm is now an internet sensation.
Not only is Goat Yoga bringing smiles to people across the world, it’s also helping inventor Lainey Morse overcome the stresses and financial implications of a chronic illness.
When someone starts Goat Yoga in the UK, let me know, I’m there.
2. Chemistry teacher helps kids switch off with yoga
In more education news, Anjna Pindoria, chemistry teacher at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Hertfordshire, is offering students and teachers the chance to do yoga at school. The students learn to relax and be in the moment, skills particularly useful for a generation with more exam stress than ever and constant exposure to social media.
The story comes in the same month that education minister Edward Timpson called for mindfulness in schools. Will we see yoga and mindfulness on the curriculum in the future? Let’s hope so.
3. Make your garden your meditation mat
Yet more confirmation that mindfulness isn’t a state of mind reserved for sitting in a quiet room with your eyes closed. In this lovely article, Tom Smart argues that a garden is a perfect place to be mindful.
Do you have your own place where you feel mindful? Share them in the comments section below.
4. Tractor yoga takes off
After completing his teacher training in Cambodia, yoga convert Chris Wills adapted a series of poses for farmers to do in their tractor cabs. I don’t sit in a tractor in for 6-8 hours a day, but I can imagine some mindful movement and breath work would be very welcome. The modified yoga is designed to help keep tractor operators physically fit, alert and focused.
5. Swapping detention for mindfulness
Hands up if detention ever did you much good at school? Probably not. What if you’d been taught mindfulness in the detention room instead of staring at the walls? This is exactly what a school in Baltimore is doing with impressive results. Hopefully it won’t be too long before every detention room help kids learn how to deal with their difficulties through mindfulness.
In other yoga news this month: you can now buy a yoga mat made out of the same stuff they make NFL footballs with. You only need a spare $1,000. Bargain.
Come across yoga stories that made you smile this month? Share them with me on twitter @annieknapman or use the comments section below.