Last Tuesday at Cione Recreation Center, we had a blast learning about our breath. We started the class sitting in a circle, and all “OM’d” together. “OM” is a Sanskrit synonym that is known as a sacred sound that unifies everything in the universe. It is known generally as the sound of the universe itself. After our OMs, we became butterflies, and we inhaled as we opened our wings, and exhaled as we closed. This is to start getting the kids used to unifying their breath with their body, a moving meditation. We got up and starting fluttering around the room, using our breath as the fuel that kept our wings flapping.
Next, we busted some moves during freeze dance. It was wonderful seeing the kids express themselves to the music, they really had a blast with it! We had some incredible dancers breaking it down at Cione! We had a dance circle so anyone could jump in the middle and show off their skills with the support and encouragement of their peers! It’s wonderful how children can shine when given the support and accepting space to be themselves!
To close the lesson before Madeleine started her art class on color wheels, we sat in a circle and learned some basic rhythm by tapping on our knees and using our voices! Each week we will build on these rhythm and tonal patterns. I brought out the ukulele for singalong, and the kids learned where ukuleles come from! Hawaii! Everyone got back on their feet to hula dance to the ukulele music! One boy named Thomas especially loved the ukulele, so after class I taught him how to play 2 chords, and he was so excited! I’m excited to build on what we’ve learned so far for the rest of the schoolyear!