If you are interested in joining this group please let me know. I will meet everyone one to one first (at the Royal Alex) to have a chat and find out what you might want from the yoga group and answer any of your questions.
Yoga and Teenagers
In 2018 I will be exploring new opportunities to bring yoga together with my art therapy practice.
It seems to me that yoga can complement very well my approach to working with young people to develop a stronger sense of themselves, identity, self awareness, acceptance and compassion for self and others. Part of this process which art therapy cannot offer alone is to give young people the chance to become present in their bodies and to notice what comes up (without judgement and criticism). Perhaps also to resist or navigate the power of peer pressures around body image in particular but also more general pressures around friendships, family, school, developing identity, sex and sexuality and so on by becoming more grounded in a stronger sense of their own self.
My Yoga training
200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance accredited) with Universal Yoga.
Complete Yoga Alliance TeenYoga Teacher training with Charlotta Martinus from TeenYoga; empowering teens through yoga and mindfulness and including the latest neuroscience, mindfulness research and disciplinary techniques.
Yoga for neurodevelopmental differences training (with Dr Lucy Clarke) introducing yoga and mindfulness for people with Autism and ADHD and the Special Yoga Foundation training, Getting Started Teaching yoga and mindfulness to teens.
Over the next few weeks I am going to be setting up new one to one and group yoga sessions which will include art therapy to help young people relax, focus and concentrate. These will be available at the Royal Alex on a Tuesday and at The Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre as requested. Watch this space ***
Supporting young people to develop self awareness and a positive relationship with themselves starts with compassion and acceptance. I really believe art therapy and yoga together can offer something innovative and positive to young people as they navigate their way through times of anxiety, stress and confusion and start to build a stronger sense of self and find ways to express themselves creatively without judgement and fear.
Yoga can support a young persons wellbeing and help them to develop mind and body skills to deal with the stresses of life.
Benefits of yoga for teenagers
- Reducing anxiety
- Building resilience
- Connecting with a stronger sense of self
- Improving concentration
- Developing confidence
- Being in the moment, developing an acceptance of the here and now and self as you are now
- Connecting with and respecting how you feel, how your body feels, your thoughts
- Noticing your own reactions feelings thoughts and being curious about them rather than judging them
- Stillness and focus on inner calm
- Not being competitive with yourself or others
- Becoming more aware of your own needs and valuing your own thoughts and feelings
- Trusting yourself
- Building connections with others
- Getting to know your self better – insight, self reflection
- Being yourself – being brave enough to express your own ways of being
- Helping to manage ‘negative’ or difficult emotions
- Developing optimism and hope
- ‘Self regulation’ getting some sense of control over thoughts, emotions and actions
- Strength and flexibility
What could a yoga session to help with stress and anxiety include
Breathwork – looking at how we breathe and how we can do it in a way that will help us to feel grounded and calm in mind and body (this helps to reduce anxiety)
Knowledge – Understanding what’s happening in the body when we get stressed or anxious and the benefits of yoga for the mind and body
Learning and practicing a few simple yoga postures that you can practice at home that will help let go of stress and anxiety
YOGA IS FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE – YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE!
www.teenyoga.co.uk for more information about the TeenYoga network that I am part of.