This week I had kids fall asleep during Savasana and more tears and “wild” behavior than usual as we made our way through classes.
Every year. December moves in, and it’s harder to be a person, even a little person who doesn’t have to plan a fabulous holiday for the whole family.
Less sunshine, less time outside.
More sugar, more rushing, later bedtimes.
Even the excitement about good things like presents and visits from family and holiday school concerts up-regulates nervous systems of all ages and sizes. We all need need release and we all need lots of rest, and we get less and less of both as we do more and more.
In my classes, this changes how I teach. I give the kids even more chances to exuberantly discharge energy. I don’t plan activities that involve a lot of waiting or self control. I try not to introduce new games, relying on old favorites. I make sure we laugh a lot, and I try to orchestrate a long, appealing Savasana (if possible, in a dark room with twinkly lights).
And if someone falls asleep? Sweet Dreams.