A couple of years ago a friend posted this video on Facebook.
I watched it 17 times in a row, and then I couldn’t get it out of my head. I loved the chant, the physicality, the flashes of self-confidence in the girls’ eyes as they moved.
So I decided to incorporate a version of it into my school-aged classes and it’s become one of our favorite warm-ups. (You can scroll down to see some kids doing the chant, Friendly Yoga style.)
The version of this that I teach kids in Friendly Yoga classes goes like this:
I love myself.
In each and every way.
From the color of my skin.
To my ME energy.
I do my dance! I do my dance! I do my do my do my do my do my dance!
A few notes:
- In the Friendly Yoga version, “I mean every single thing” changed to “In each and every way” simply because I couldn’t remember the original words the first day I taught it to the kids. We got used to saying it that way, and it stuck. Ditto about the “I do my dance” part.
- I changed “soul energy” to “me energy” just to make sure we steered clear of words that brought in religious or spiritual connotations since some families already need to be convinced that yoga isn’t “religious.”
- I wanted to find out more about the chant, so I watched this video by klovethepoet, who wrote it. In her words, “It’s definitely for every little girl, man, to feel good about themselves, specifically, little Black girls.” I believe it’s important to honor that that’s the specific impetus behind this chant, and the “color of my skin” line. This chant was written for a specific group of girls that klove cares immensely about and for the larger community they are a part of. I also believe that raising children of every background who feel great about the package they came in AND who celebrate their individual “me energy” is a world that will grow more and more inclusive, accepting, and kind.