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Grounded Yoga By: Marlie McConnell

Grounded- means happiness to me, it means kind hearted and calmness. It’s something that everyone needs at some point.

Yoga-is a point of view or how you see something different than others.

Grounded Yoga- a point of view that thinks about peace and grouping with others thoughts.

I have been tacking yoga for almost four years and I love it so much.

Yoga is very fun and a little challenging too. I have been doing yoga for 4 years, and I love it. It helps me to concentrate within. Yoga is what makes me flexible in other things I do, like ballet. The meditation really helps. Once I was a little frustrated in the car but I crossed my legs into easy pose and closed my eyes and when we got home from our big drive everything had gone away.


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About Marlie:


Marlie-McConnellMy name is Marlie McConnell. I am nine years old. I live in Atlanta, Georgia and was born here. I have been doing Yoga for four years. I started yoga in Kindergarten because I wanted to try something new. I think it is the best. I go to Wesley International Academy where I also have been learning to speak Chinese. I like to be able to speak Mandarin Chinese because it helps me talk to people who don’t speak my language. I love Art. Making clay sculptures, painting, pastels, and drawing is fun for me. I love to write comics. That’s where I use my drawing skills. In school I really like to write and read. My hobbies are baseball, ballet, Grant Park Singers, piano, and riding my bike. I really like to travel. I have been to visit Costa Rica, Spain, Aruba, and Puerto Rico and have even driven across the United States. I love to travel with my family and see new places and things that I don’t normally see in Atlanta. I have a dog named Red. I like to cuddle and play with him. I have a fish named Ge Wang.


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BB40 big“How do you become flexible on the Inside?”

That is the question that I was asked by 4th grade student Isabelle at Yoga Club last week. We were working on acknowledging what we could use more of: strength, balance, or flexibility. After meditating to find what we had the least of, Isabelle raised her hand and asked this question. I stumbled for words, trying to be eloquent and honest on the spot. I spoke of the importance of strength and balance in finding inner flexibility… but honestly this answer felt like it came up short. I found myself reflecting on this question for the rest of the day (the class was over at 3:30pm). I consulted some dear friends and got many good suggestions such as taking a walk, for no other reason than to walk.

But here is what I came up with, that resonates as the voice of my own truth.

Being flexible on the inside is a lifelong process. There is a big difference between being loosey goosey with no boundaries, and being open to change and to testing new waters. These two polarities give us a framework for the spectrum of possibility. At the beginning, at the core, and at the point of willingness, is a strong inner truth. This truth is clear, it reminds me who I am, what is most important to me. For some this is a relationship with family or friends. For others their connection to their higher power is the most precious thing in their lives. Maybe for you it’s a sport, or a mission, or catfishing. I check in, sometimes daily, sometimes hourly, with my Truth. Each time I face a new challenge I ask myself “Does this bring me closer or farther away from _________________.”




Ben-Lee-photoUnlieable – To be filled with ones own truth, to the extent that no lies can enter ones being, either from within or without

Meet Ben. While working on an exercise to illustrate what we stand for, Ben introduced me to a new word… unlieable.

When I asked Ben what this word meant, he said, with complete assurance, that to be unlieable is to not lie…. Duh

So I began to think, just how does one become unlieable. At first glance it appeared to be very straightforward.. you do not tell lies. But then I began to see that it might be necessary to know ones truth in order to see the contrast of untruth, of lies.

And just how do we do that. Well, we work. We show up. We delve into our beings, our selves, and we excavate all the facts of who, what, and why we are. And we honor each and every ounce of fact that we find. We nurture these things, these truths, we feed them… and they grow. And they expose more truths, more facts, unexplainable, unjustifiable, they just are. They are complete sentences. They enlighten our beings, and they free us.

And once we fill, so fully, with these things, well there is just no room for lies. A glass full of water cannot hold juice. It is full of water. Attempting to pour juice into this glass with just cause the juice to overflow out. And so it is with us. We fill with truth. And then there is no worry. Lies cannot fit. They are neither threatening, nor challenging. We are unlieable.

Thank you Ben.



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