“Ashtanga Yoga is the washing machine for the mind”, Guruji used to say. It washes the mental patterns of self-doubt and self criticism. With yoga practice children learn to focus on tending a task one breath at a time with a calm concentration. They begin to see a pattern, that what at first might seem difficult becomes easy with practice. Instead of saying ‘I can’t’, we say ‘Im trying’ or ‘Im getting better at this’. When children learn this valuable lesson at an early age, tasks that are presented to them throughout their education and life are no longer daunting and can managed one moment at a time.