“Mom, look! I have prana. Do you want me to give you some?” said my 12-year-old boy. He proceeds to place his hand on my heart and closes his eyes to concentrate on his breath. He says that he is transferring his prana to me. I realize that I have done that for him many times throughout the years, especially through the most challenging times during his asthmatic spells or emotional experiences. We have been working on conflict resolution methods from the Yoga Sutras for many years, since before he was born. My teacher, Rama Jyoti, taught me that Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is a road map of living peacefully in the modern era. It is the ancients’ ultimate gift, and it has been made available to all who seek the knowledge. Why not give children the same wisdom and all its benefits? Are not children today seeking the richness of wisdom? Of course, they are! I will offer to you why the wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is essential for children.
Do not get me wrong. My son is like any other child of his generation. As I am writing this article, he is playing BattleFront 2 on his Xbox. When we teach children wisdom from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, we teach them resilience to live an unconditional life. What do I mean by this statement? We give children the skills to live a life based on self-empowerment, not based on life conditions. We persevere with the inner strength to not allow our conditions to dictate our moods and behaviors. When we teach children wisdom from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, we are giving them tools for transformation. Change is possible, whether if you are five years old or 65 years old. Our journey is our own! Lastly, when we teach children wisdom from the sutras, we teach them the power of peace. The children of the world yearn for peace, and it is possible. We are a world ready for a better way.