The Strength of an Angel

In the fall of 2012, I taught a six-week yoga program to middle school students at St. Mary Magdalene in Westgate focused on yoga and the six attributes of strength: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Confident, Be in Control and Be Forgiving. I’ve been working with the children at St. Mary Magdalene for two years. One of my most dedicated students, Angel, shared a letter with me on the last day of class, detailing what yoga means to her. We at the Yoga on High Foundation felt compelled to share it here with you.

Namaste. —Colleen Leonardi

4 Responses to The Strength of an Angel
  1. Gail Larned

    Lovely! This is why we teach, isn’t it? Thank you for sharing.

  2. Jenn

    This is awesome! Colleen, you made a huge difference in this girl’s as well as I’m sure, many others lives. WOW!

  3. Connie Siders

    Thanks for making me cry. These are the kind of letters every teacher loves to get. You have made a huge difference in this young girl’s life and who knows how many more. As a teacher, you never really know how many you have touched in a lifetime. However, from this letter I know you have many. My daughter is a yoga instructor/co owner of a yoga studio here in Dayton. I know how she touches her students daily with her positive attitude and classes. Keep up the great work you are doing.
    I taught 2nd grade for 45 years in a Christian school and after taking a few yoga classes, I did yoga ( on a small scale) with my kids after they came in from recess. They loved it and would ask for it if I forgot. Teach young kids and they will continue to do it. Thanks for sharing the letter.

  4. Colleen Leonardi

    Thank you, Gail, Jenn and Connie so much for your thoughts! This letter was such a gift to me, and I was so happy to be able to share it with others. It made me cry, too, Connie. 🙂 Namaste.