Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Teen Yoga





   Stressed-out Formby teenagers are being offered a chance to chill out with a new Teen Yoga class.

The pressures on young people today are enormous and as a pastoral support tutor in a sixth form college I have noticed that there has been a rapid rise in the number of students coming to my office with anxiety related issues. This inevitably impacts upon their ability to work and ultimately, realise their potential.

Last year I decided to gain additional qualifications to teach Mindfulness and Yoga to teenagers and completed a teacher training course with Teen Yoga UK. I am also certified to teach Mindfulness to young people after completing the Mindfulness in Schools programme (MISP) at Bangor University.

Research by Teen Yoga UK and Leeds University has found that students who take part in regular yoga classes notice a clear shift in the state of mind from stressed to calm. There is also evidence to show there is an increase in concentration, confidence and improved sleep.

In my classes I incorporate mindful practices with yoga postures to enable students to develop techniques they can use both inside and outside the classroom.

I tell the students that I can’t stop difficult things happening in their lives but I can help them to respond in a different way. Yoga and Mindfulness explores ways to respond rather than react and therefore, helps young people make better choices and take the best care of themselves.

The classes will begin at Holy Trinity Workshop every Thursday between 6.10pm and 7pm from February 25th.A six week term costs £21. All equipment is provided but students are free to bring their own mats.

For further details call me on 07808 800 681 or email janegallagher36@gmail.com

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