A mother speaks about Shanti Generation, yoga and autism

People often email and call us asking about yoga for kids and teens with special needs, including autism. My view is that whenever possible, it is effective to include special needs youth with “neuro-typical” youth. The nature of yoga practice allows and encourages the embracing of diversity, be it neurological, physical, socio-economic or otherwise. Along […]

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Heart Centered Visualization: Yoga practice for kids and teens dealing with depression

One of the hallmarks of resilience is the ability to “see” a bright future; a vision for one’s life. Kids and teens dealing with depression often can’t see past the emotional turmoil they feel in the moment. Yoga practice offers many powerful tools to aid youth in coping with depression, none more powerful, I believe, […]

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Our favorite Marshall Rosenberg quotes

The work of Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Non Violent Communication has had a significant impact on Shanti Generation.  It is from Marshall’s work that some of the techniques within our youth yoga teacher training programs have evolved. Last March NVC trainers came to visit Shanti Generation and taught a workshop at YogaGlo. After the NVC workshop […]

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Yoga for Bullies & What Parents Can Learn from Lady Gaga #MakeALawForJamey

A colleague shared with me the story of Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14 year old teen boy from Buffalo who recently took his own life, evidently due to continuous bullying. Having dealt with bullies as a child, I empathize whole heartedly with Jamey, his family and the countless other youth facing the same stress and abuse […]

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