Yoga Theme for Holidays

It's a Wonderful LifeClarence Oddbody, Angel Second Class

You:                 Put your “Why” for teaching here.

Theme:            Based on It’s a Wonderful Life, how to get our wings.

HOVs:             Remembrance, Effort and Potential, Dreams, Hope, Clarity

Anecdote:

What will it take for us to get our wings? In the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, there is an Angel Second Class. His name is Clarence. He is sent to Earth for one more chance to save a life and make a difference. He meets George, who is about to kill himself because he thinks his life was worthless. One hard pose and I’m outta here? Or, one hard pose, and I’ll see if I get my wings?

Contemplation

Kidney loop, back body strength. Kidney loop is where the wings live. When we’re in pain, it lets in the light.  Measure your possibilities one centimeter at a time. The poses are our potential.

Clarence is sent to Bedford Falls shortly after World War II to watch over George Bailey.  George is ready to commit suicide because his life has not turned out the way he hoped. Much of the film is told through flashbacks spanning George’s entire life and narrated by Franklin and Joseph, unseen Angels who are preparing Clarence for his mission to save George. Through these flashbacks we see all the people whose lives have been touched by George and the difference he has made to the community in which he lives.

Why is Clarence an Angel Second Class?  It’s not for lack of desire, for Clarence wants to have his wings very badly. Just as George has his guardian angel, so does Clarence have two angels who watch for him, Franklin and Joseph.  They look out for him, like teachers of a student, so his potential may develop into success.

Golden Nuggets

 

  • The asana are our prayers
  • The angels have your back
  • Angels are awkward like us.
  • And humans can be angels.
  • The permission to dream is huge.
  • What will it take to get your wings?
  • Possibility begins where probability ends.
  • Faith is always the first step.

WBF: If all of us knew our value, and could see our purpose in life, then we would have our wings.

Quotes:

  • “The permission to dream is huge.” Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
  • “No man is a failure who has friends.” Clarence Odbody
  • “Each man’s life touches so many others. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
  • Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.
  • “When God is going to do something wonderful, He or She always starts with a hardship; when God is going to do something amazing, He or She starts with an impossibility. ” Anne Lamott

You can see a PDF here:

theme-for-clarence-oddbody

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