By Miriam Godoshien
Didi Ananda Bhadra conducted a teacher’s training at her new preschool on February 26, and this workshop was part of that training. We focused on the Ten Moral Principles (Yama and Niyama), the foundation of NHE Schools. Introduction to the topic was made by reading from three well-known educators’ writings talking about the need in today’s society for greater “Self-actualization” and development of people’s “will/doing” capacities and what this means with how we work with children: Abraham Maslowe, the originator of the Self-actualization theory, Annemarie Roper, a gifted -child educator, and Rudolph Steiner, founder of Waldorf education, as well as Marie Montessori all strongly advocated the same point. Then we read and discussed the ten moral principles as described in Didi Anandanivedita’s book Head in the Stars, Feet on the Ground, Exploration of Yoga Psychology. The teachers related various feelings, experiences and current events and situations today they associated with the principles and with the aforementioned educators’ philosophy.