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Mindful yoga helps teens connect with their bodies, thoughts and emotions with friendliness, curiosity, and skillfulness. We'll work on relieving stress and anxiety, building confidence & resilience and tapping into our natural capacity for joy and ease.
More and more, teenagers are prone to stress and anxiety, some of which is part of the natural upheaval of crossing from being children to young adults, but increasingly competitive academic standards and the ubiquitous nature of social media have also taken a heavy toll. The statistics are compelling:
Nearly two thirds of Irish students interviewed as part of an international OECD study earlier this year revealed that they suffered from anxiety even when well prepared for an exam. 46% felt very tense even when studying. In all countries, girls reported greater school work-related anxiety than boys. Teenage girls were also found to have lower life satisfaction than boys with only 29% of teenage girls, internationally, saying they were very satisfied with their lives (compared to 39% of boys).
(Irish Times April 19th 2017).
Mindfulness based yoga and meditation has been proven to be effective at reducing stress and anxiety by bringing participants back to the present moment and anchoring them in the breath and the immediate sensations of the body in motion.
The practices we shall be working with emphasize meeting oneself in a friendly and nurturing way, a much needed refuge from the world of comparison and critique that most teens face in school and online. Unfortunately, many teens have a conflicted relationship with their bodies; Mindful Yoga teaches kids how to nurture and develop a kindness for and an appreciation for their bodies no matter what size or shape or performance ability. At the same time, the relative challenge of some yoga postures provides a safe and supportive space in which to cultivate both inner and outer strength to meet the physical and emotional difficulties that life presents.
This daylong special event is a perfect way to introduce or re-introduce mindfulness yoga to your teen. The early afternoon session will focus on physical movement and breath practices, and the later afternoon afternoon will focus on simple and age-appropriate meditation, contemplation and reflection. Both morning and afternoon will integrate the teaching with storytelling, discussion and play so that the experience can be beneficial, informative and fun!
Students can expect to leave with
practical mindfulness techniques to calm the busy/anxious mind
yoga poses and breathing to help settle energy when feeling restless and agitated
yoga poses and breathing to help stimulate energy when feeling listless and sluggish
practical mindfulness techniques to help self-soothe and encourage when feeling sad/lonely/disappointed
Investment: 60euro EARLY BIRD: 50 euro if you Sign up by Monday April 2nd
There will be a 30 minute break mid-afternoon. Some light nutritional snacks will be provided, however students are welcome to bring their own snacks also.