Girls for Girls – Exercise Sessions

Above, you can see what we did for our introductory session where we met a few of the girls we would be working with, for the first time. We used a map to show where each of us was from and shared a cake and other snacks with them while talking. For the past few weeks after introducing ourselves to the girls, we planned two sessions focused on physical activity.

1. Yoga on the Balcony
We planned out this session knowing that the girls had also done their own yoga classes without us, meaning it wasn’t something completely new and hard to follow for them. In the beginning it was led by Alex, Ariana and Diana who did yoga after-school activities in school. I learned a bunch of new yoga things myself, such as the sun salutations sequence.

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Yoga with the girls – led by Alex, Ariana and Diana. Picture credits to Kaavya

Afterwards, each of the girls came up to the front and we copied the yoga move they demonstrated. They had big smiles on their faces and weren’t afraid to take the lead! On top of that, we even created a fruit bowl with ice-cream and sat and talked with the girls downstairs. Overall, it was a good way for us to bond and wind down!

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Creative fruit bowl! Picture credits to Alex/Diana

1. Zumba/Just Dance
This session we brought in tutorials from Just Dance and using the projector in one of the classrooms in the center. I haphazardly tried to follow the moves with my limited dance abilities… nonetheless it was a very exciting session at the center. It helped tons that the songs were interactive – during the last part of the session, we all partnered up with a girl from Emerge and did a duet dance and that was definitely my favorite part of the session. I’m glad the girls enjoyed it and one of them even asked for the videos afterwards to dance on their own!

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Yoga – The Wind-down

I started Yoga last block for after school activities in order to have a change in pace of activity. I decided after Badminton, I needed to try something less fast-paced and that would counteract with the restlessness I felt due to increasing IB workload. I was slightly skeptical since I had never tried yoga before and it would be a true test of my concentration.

I found that it was also very emotionally grounding. It was good to become aware of the concentration problem I had. There was a combination of meditation and physical activity and the instructor also made it a habit to find out how we were feeling and to talk about our wellbeing, in terms of ego, mindfulness, etc., guiding us with the use of music.

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I tried something new and outside of my comfort zone whilst also realizing the importance of considering the elements of emotional strength and physical strength as one unit. I’m glad that I was able to become less overwhelmed with thoughts during these lessons; I am a chronic over-thinker and so this was a good first step to just be aware of my thoughts, but not overreact on them. I hope I can continue Yoga next term, but I think I would also like to try Badminton again.