Homeschooling an intense 11-year-old has its wry moments. To say our last son at home “enjoys physical activity” would be an understatement. He’s also extremely competitive, and our family works hard to keep competition in a healthy perspective. He spends hours playing soccer, working out, doing gymnastics, dancing capoeira, doing flips at the pool and on the trampoline, and handspringing across the yard.
Our recent trips to a cultural arts center for capoeira class got him curious about a neighboring yoga session. He asked me a lot of questions about yoga, but the topper was his serious question, “Mom, is there competitive yoga?”
I laughed and tried to explain yoga a bit better.
But of course, it turns out that competitive yoga is not as much an oxymoron as I presumed, as revealed by a Web search on the terms competitive + yoga. Still, I think the old fashioned yoga may be more valuable to our son, who may use it to balance the mental intensity that usually accompanies his physicality. Sounds like I have another activity to look into and consider for our fall homeschooling schedule.