An interview with Self-Compassion author Kristen Neff

    One of the cornerstones of our work here at Shanti Generation is self-compassion. Without self-compassion we cannot cultivate compassion for others. Our personal practice must include self-compassion if we are to practice peace in the world. Dr. Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas […]

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Enhance Your Teen Yoga Class with Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a delightful way to enliven teen yoga classes. One of my students favorites is to enter a freshly spritzed room and inhale the refreshing aroma of rosemary. My mother-in-law sent me the following article touting the brain boosting benefits of the herb. Rosemary room sprays can be found at natural food stores. Better […]

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Teen Yogis Talk About Bullying

  Neuroscience research is beginning to prove the validity of mindful practices for cultivating social and emotional intelligence. Teens who practice yoga already know how beneficial it is to become more self aware and able to cope effectively with emotions. They know how relieving stress helps to create more positive, compassionate relationships. Teen yogi’s know […]

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Teen Yoga Activity: Planting Good Seeds

    One of the most helpful practices I’ve learned from the process of  teaching yoga in schools is to encourage goal setting. While this may seem antithetical to yoga, which is supposed to be all about the journey, I’ve found that goal setting enriches that journey and provides a more steady ground. Goals give […]

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(VIDEO) Relieving teenage stress with yoga and meditation

For some teens, the traditional final relaxation pose, savasana, is very challenging at first. Savasana can also be a vulnerable pose for beginner teen yogis. This variation on rest pose offers teens a comfortable, safe, friendly experience of deep relaxation. The biggest muscle groups around the shoulders and hips receive special encouragement to release. I […]

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