The next generation loves meditation

Posted 15 September 2014 by John Kraijenbrink

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Yes! There is hope: the next generation loves meditation.

I believe in yoga, that’s why I try to teach it as much as I can, where ever I can: at yoga studio’s, festivals, company’s and schools. My latest job is one I wished for for a while: teaching at Fontys university. The earlier people get to know yoga, the more they benefit from it, the more society benefits from it. And that’s what I’m after. I believe people who do yoga are more relaxed, more open minded, more truthful, care less about money and more about society and see that we’re all the same, see that there is no difference in race, sex, color, religion, nationality.

Teaching workshops is sometimes hard. I’m mostly invited to teach at companies for groups more or less my own ages (early forty). There are¬†always a lot of prejudices about yoga; it’s psychedelic, soft, hippy stuff. That opinion changes when I start teaching, make them turn inwards and let them do some (powerful) asanas and explain yoga in an easy down to earth way.

But this time was different, this time I was teaching at university, teaching students between seventeen and twenty two. Five classes, more than a hundred students and only two who ‘didn’t believe in that crap’, just a few who where ‘open’ to it and the rest? They wanted to know everything about yoga, wanted to know how to quiet there minds, break away from there phones and computers, get a regular practice, stop worrying and thinking and relax instead.

I know a lot of teachers: they all complain about the same: students are loud, hard to get quiet, don’t listen. Well: I have a tip: make them meditate, make them do yoga, teach them how to breath. That’s what I did and they where all as quiet as a little mouse, feeling their breath, feeling their body. They entered the class, talking, being busy, being on their phone, they left class in a whole different energy, feeling happy and relaxed, looking forward to the next class of yoga and meditation.

And me? I left university happy as well. Feeling new hope for this world, knowing that the world will be at peace, just because the next generation loves meditation.