Yoga for At-Risk Youth

This past weekend I completed a certification with Hala Khouri to teach yoga to at-risk youth. 

It was an incredible workshop and made me realize how different my teenage years would have been had I found yoga sooner.

Yoga can help adolescents find:

Strength
builds strength of muscles and bones

Flexibility
lengthens muscles to increase mobility in the joints

Improved Posture
develops understanding of body mechanics, healthy movement patterns, and ideal postural alignment

Ability to Relax
develops the skill of non-action and the awareness to physically relax

Breath Awareness
draws attention to the breath as a reflection of state of mind and as a tool to elicit relaxation and focus

Stability and Balance
provides physical experiences that ask the body to continually re-establish balance, which develops coordination and prevents injury

Equalizes Energy
revitalizes low energy and tempers hyperactivity

Stress-Management
allows teens to experience a sense of space around their concerns (including what others think) and provides techniques for redirecting thoughts and calming the nervous system

Improved Decision Making
teaches teens to make choices that respect themselves and others

Concentration
develops one’s ability to focus through practical disciplines of breath and bodywork

Healthy Body Image
provides a strengthened internal perspective; helps self-image develop free of media and other cultural influences

Acceptance
cultivates gratitude for what the body can do; enables letting go of the tendency to be critical of one’s self and judgmental of others

Curiosity
provides a healthy way to experiment, take risks, and explore the body

Compassion
opens us to our greater qualities of kindness, compassion, and nonviolence

Connection
cultivates interconnectedness between ourselves, others, and the natural world around us

Presence
heightens awareness and cultivates emotional connection while combating both numbness and drama

Intuition
encourages self-trust by valuing one’s internal voice

Here’s a video to explain the great work Hala Khouri is doing and how she is spreading yoga around the country.

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