Yoga and Meditation What Do Ya Think

Amelia Reinker, Columnist

This year, 7th graders just finished with a unit about Buddhism, we learned about Siddhartha Guatama, the founder of Buddhism, the eightfold path, and we learned about enlightenment. Enlightenment is what I am going to focus on, to reach enlightenment you have to meditate until you are at peace. For the lesson on meditation, we all had to sit quietly in a room, focus on one thing, and relax your body. Everyone in my class stayed quiet and I found it was really relaxing, I chose to focus on my breath, I did not reach full enlightenment, but I think if people stuck with it they could, it is an easy way to calm yourself down and refocus on schoolwork or whatever it is you need to focus on.

Seventh grade also did a unit on Hinduism, another religion. In it we learned that Hindus found it very important to know how to do yoga because it was one of their six darshanas, there six darshanas are Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Mimamsa, and Vedanta. How we did yoga unlike meditation we separated into two groups, boys and girls, one group went into the health room and did stations about Hinduism, the other group went with Mrs. Skoric and did yoga. In the room where yoga was done, Mrs. Skoric’s room, the lights were off and candles were lit. We did many positions including the warrior position, which was the hardest because you had to focus on every part of your body to be in the right position. I found this made me very relaxed and after my body did not feel as tense. This is a good leisure activity for those who are stressed plus there are different levels of yoga so those who want something harder can have something harder. 

I would definitely recommend these activities for when you are feeling stressed and need to calm down and refocus. When I first tried these I was spectacle, but now I know that these are great activities to do.