Yoga was introduced to Falling Creek Middle School last April after ESL teacher Carolyn Waters attended Saturday Salutations at the VMFA the previous Fall. She recognized that the practice of yoga would greatly benefit ESL students in her classroom, many who were facing challenges of living in a new country and learning a new language, so she reached out to PYR. Fast forward one year, and Project Yoga Richmond continues to offer yoga and meditation classes weekly to the middle school ESL students at Falling Creek.

Last week Ambassador Claudine Varesi, an immigrant and ESL teacher herself, shared a story about the meaning of the glass half full vs glass half empty with the students.  The theme of the entire class was: “What are we grateful for?” After meditation, Claudine led the students through a gratitude exercise.There was a full 10 minutes of quiet and reflection!

What are we grateful for? These are our students’ answers:

“What makes me happy is to have my family and us healthy, and to have my friends.”
– ESL student at Falling Creek Middle School

“I am grateful for being here in the United States with my family, and studying, and I am going to prosper here.” 
– ESL student at Falling Creek Middle School

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“First of all I am grateful for having my family with me, and we can also be grateful for what we have and what we don’t have, but one day we will achieve our goals. We have to be grateful, for we are all together. Thank you.”
– ESL student at Falling Creek Middle School

“I am very happy for being where I am, and for having all my family alive, and for being well.”
– ESL student at Falling Creek Middle School

“I am grateful for my family, for my food, for having a roof over my head, because without my family I feel alone, I don’t have anyone to talk to, without my family I would not be here.”
– ESL student at Falling Creek Middle School

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“What I don’t want to lose in this life is my family, my parents, my friends, my loved ones, may my teachers always be with me; and be healthy. For having given us one more day of life, for giving us food, and that we may not lack anything.”
– ESL student at Falling Creek Middle School

“What makes me happy is being with my family, otherwise everything would be very different. We would not have the love of our parents, as they are the greatest thing there is.”
– ESL student at Falling Creek Middle School

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