Back to School


A card came in the mail for Lucien the other day, welcoming him to his first year of preschool.

My beautiful boy is growing up. (Sort of. He’s out of diapers but not exactly ready for graduate school.)

He’s got his new green backpack, his imagination, his hopes and expectations for this new adventure we call “school.”

He will learn about maps and letters, zippers and puzzles. He’ll learn about sharing, and about making friends.

During those three hours each weekday, I hope he carries with him the lessons he’s learned at home.  About having fun, asking questions, being kind, about making music, and breaking into a Downward Dog when the mood strikes.  

My wish is that he remembers to breathe. To find stillness and quiet in the classroom, to discover the thrill of learning.

Whether your children are headed to preschool or college, how are you feeling about back to school time?  What lessons from home–and your yoga practice–are you hoping they will bring into the classroom?

Jessica Berger Gross is the author of enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer (Skyhorse). She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and three-year-old son. “Like” her author page on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter @jbergergross. Visit her at