Las Manos de Christine - Indian Culture DayIndividually, 108 Sun Salutations (a sequence of yoga postures) was a bit over ambitious, especially considering most of our participants had never practiced yoga before and some of them were 4 years old. As a team, we completed well over 108 Sun Salutations. Good work team! The beautiful thing about yoga is there is a feeling of community when practicing together, but it’s a personal practice. No judging.

Las Manos de Christine - Indian Culture Day

Las Manos de Christine - Indian Culture DayI was touched that everyone from 4-year-olds to interns in traje (traditional dress of a long wrap-around skirt and blouse) to Guatemalan teachers who had never once tried yoga to 11-year-old boys who would much rather be playing soccer all gave it an honest try and had a good time.

Las Manos de Christine - Indian Culture DayAfter a morning of Indian dance, yoga, curry potato salad, and soccer (of course) we brought 21 students (19 from El Hato and 2 from Guardiania) to Jocotenango for music camp.

Las Manos de Christine - Indian Culture Day

Las Manos de Christine - Indian Culture DayHighlights of the day:

  1. Seeing my old sari curtains come back to life as dance costumes in a rather impressive performance (see video). We’re lucky to have Alejandra. She is such a creative and talented teacher and her passion is contagious among her students.Las Manos de Christine - Indian Culture Day
  1. The smiling, giggling boys practicing yoga after five minutes of resistance.
  1. Paulo (the strict teacher) allowing the music students a quick trip to the riding arena to get a peek at the horses before heading back to El Hato. It’s those little touches that really make the day special.
  1. Finally relaxing on the sofa with my own kids!

-Salina

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