Teen Visualization: Helpful Guidelines for Safe, Effective Practice

Approached skillfully, visualization practices can cultivate resilience in youth. A teens’ ability to see a healthy, successful future has been cited as a protective factor against risk. Teen visualization practices need to be augmented to fit their developmental needs. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind to ensure a safe, effective experience. 1. […]

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Teen Yoga is Risky Business

In his book, Too Safe for Their Own Good, Michael Ungar talks about the risk of a risk-free, overprotected life for youth. Ungar offers insights into the “risk-taker’s advantage,” the benefits that come from experiencing manageable amounts of danger. Does it seem counterintuitive to encourage teens to take risks as a method for helping them […]

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Fall Season Contemplation for Teens: What Am I Ready to Change?

Fall approaches with a fresh zing of new spacious energy. The change of season is a prime time to utilize yogic practices to help guide teenagers in the process of “letting go.” This contemplative exercise combines mindfulness, relaxation, visualization, breathing, posture and expression to create an opportunity for teens to see and experience their power […]

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Partner Yoga for Teens: Is it Inappropriate?

  The question always stops me in my tracks: “Is it really okay for teens to be touching each other in yoga? Isn’t that against the rules?” And what shocks me even more is the people who ask. It’s not just my cab driver in Asheville, NC who politely inquired about my line of work. […]

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The Bully’s New Clothes

  This post was written by Marina Smerling. You can learn more about Marina on her website http://empathiclistening.com Marina Smerling is a former attorney who is here to launch a love bomb on the epidemic of shame in our world. She is a couples coach, mediator, and one-on-one conflict transformer. Drawing upon her long-time studies […]

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Grassroots Phys Ed Revival

  It’s easy to complain about the current state of affairs in public school. In fact, it can be hard not to. A budgetary crisis has lead to frustrating cuts in physical education programs. Many of us, including parents, teachers and taxpayers, are deeply concerned about the implications these cuts have on our children today, […]

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