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Mindful Yoga for Teens Introductory Workshop: Practices for Cultivating Confidence, Creativity & Self-Care

  • Yoga hOMe Sligo 7 John F Kennedy Parade Sligo, County Sligo, F91 WK59 Ireland (map)

Mindful Yoga: Practices for Cultivating Confidence, Creativity & Kindness

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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.
Mindful yoga teaches teens to connect with their bodies, thoughts and emotions with friendliness, curiosity, and practical skills. Students can then take these techniques back into their own lives and thrive as they tap into their natural capacity for joy, wisdom and balance.

In this afternoon introductory workshop, we'll use storytelling, singing, movement and art in a way that teaches teens techniques

-to relieve stress & anxiety

-to build confidence & resilience

-to befriend their bodies and minds

-to bring increased awareness, understanding and compassion to their own experience

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 workshop is a perfect way to introduce or re-introduce mindfulness yoga to your teen.

Date and Time: Sat August 31st 2:30-4:30pm Investment: 25euro