How Yoga Can Help Teens with Physical Disabilities

We're big believers in the benefits of yoga for children and teenagers. If we weren’t, we wouldn't be doing what we do. Seeing teens become stronger and more confident as they progress with their yoga practice is rewarding for us as teachers. When it comes to teens with physical disabilities, yoga can be a powerful tool to help them become more comfortable in their bodies. Here's why:Yoga Is for Every BodyYoga meets us where we are. Yoga is versatile by its very nature.  It works for every...

Meet Emily, Longtime Teacher, New Yoga 4 Teens Teacher

By Christy Brock Miele    Last week, I had the honor of witnessing a new high school yoga class taught by Emily Barro.  Emily is a high school biology teacher (22 years teaching) who is pioneering the first ever Yoga course at her school, Fountain Valley High .  She has witnessed her students’ mental health decline and wanted to provide tools for students to manage their stress.  Luckily, her school agreed and the administration approve...

Success with Teen Yoga: A Class Planning Example

By Christy Brock Miele    Every time I teach teenagers yoga, I learn from the experience.  When you put yourself in front of a group of students in the t(w)een years, you never know what's going to happen!   And yet, with some advanced planning and anticipation, you can achieve that teen yoga magic you're hoping for.  My hope with this blog is that by sharing my recent experience of teaching 22 thirteen-year-old girls I might help other teen yoga teachers have...

If You Are Teaching Teenagers Yoga, You Should Be Doing This

By Christy Brock MieleIf you are an adult teaching teenagers, chances are you have been baffled by your students’ response (or lack of response) on more than one occasion.  Even if you’re an experienced teacher, what you have previously taught that was gratefully embraced before may not go so well with a different student group.   How you respond as a teacher provides a lot of information to students.   If students are resisting your leadership of the class wit...

Teen Yoga Teacher Gathering in SoCal, Feb 10, 2017

From the first YogaMinded training hosted in 2001 to the last hosted in 2016, I've delighted in the certain magic that happens amongst a group of caring adults who share the purpose of wanting to teach yoga to teenagers. In that vain,  I will host a one day gathering to keep stoking the fire of teen yoga teacher intention.  Teachers in attendance will present to the group and describe how they created (or responded) to a situation that had powerful teaching impact. Christy will also pr...