TEEN YOGA AT THE BATH HALF – NICK

Some of the people coming to run at the Bath Half for the Teen Yoga Foundation are training together. This is the case of our Spanish runners, Lucia Huerta and Nick Kearney, who are coming over for the event. They have been training together over the past few months in Valencia, and are hoping for sun on the 4th March!!!

Here are some words from Nick:

“I’m currently deciding what to do with my life. Meanwhile I’m doing some part time jobs and taking English exams. I have also just passed my driving test.”

 

“I’ve always been active; I have run every now and then, but my fitness and resistance has been built from sports like tennis, football and cycling.”

 

“I’m not very into yoga. I’ve tried it a couple of times and it’s not bad at all. Nevertheless I have to say it looks like it’s doing a great job for a lot of people and it’s proven to be very good for mental health, so I support the practice of it.”

 

“ I’m running for the Teen Yoga Foundation because they help people like myself, the young, to develop tools and skills to fight anxiety and depression and that’s a topic I feel very connected to.”

 

Lucia and Nick have a Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paula-lucia-huerta-barbera

TEEN YOGA AT THE BATH HALF – SOFIA

One of the people running for the Teen Yoga Foundation at the Bath Half Marathon on the 4th March is Sofia Mason who works at Royal Holloway, University of London.

 

Sofia tells her story:

 

“I currently have two roles at Royal Holloway. From March I will be working as Academic Partnerships Officer – overseeing study abroad programmes. I also teach Mindfulness meditation to staff and students at the University.”

 

“This will be my 6th half marathon. After only really doing yoga throughout my 20s, I started running 3 years ago with the “Couch2 5k” app and never looked back!! “

 

“I started exploring the practice of yoga when I was 18 after a few classes as a child, so I knows first-hand how much of a valuable resource yoga can be for young people, helping them skillfully navigate life’s ups and downs.“

 

“I am running so the Teen Yoga Foundation can keep expanding their great work! It has been years since I ran a half marathon for charity, I’ve done 4 in the intervening time and not asked for a penny! But my sixth half marathon will be for the amazing Teen Yoga Foundation because they do amazing work resourcing teens with physical, emotional and spiritual tools that will help them survive and thrive for the rest of their lives. As you know, yoga saved my life and I’d love to help share this gift with young people.

Thank you for any donation! With love and gratitude! Namaste :)”

Sofia has a Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/s-mason6

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TEEN YOGA AT THE BATH HALF – LUCIA

Some of the people coming to run at the Bath Half for the Teen Yoga Foundation are training together. This is the case of our Spanish runners, Lucia Huerta and Nick Kearney, who are coming over for the event. They have been training together over the past few months in Valencia, and are hoping for sun on the 4th March!!!

Here are some words from Lucia:

“I’m a psychology student in Valencia (Spain), I’m enjoying my degree because it gives me the opportunity of understanding social behaviour and participating in research on well-being. Apart from my studies, I also have a part-time job to save money for the future (I’d love to do a postgraduate degree in the UK in the future). “

 

“I’m a good runner, as I have been part of an athletics club for the most part of my life. Although at the moment I’m not participating in any competitions, I’m training hard for the  Bath half-marathon. In the past I have participated in other sports, such as tennis, judo, rhythmic gymnastics and swimming.”

 

“Regarding my connection to Yoga, I am totally aware of all the benefits of it because I receive a lot of information about it in my university lectures. I know yoga is more effective when it comes to tackling certain mental health issues than some pharmaceutical products, giving all the advantages of curing the illness without the side effects.”

 

“I’m running for the TYF because I feel they’re working hard to address the mental health issues of the young and I think that’s a major social problem which needs to be addressed more actively.”

 

 

Lucia and Nick have a Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paula-lucia-huerta-barbera

TEEN YOGA AT THE BATH HALF – RUTH

One of the people running for the Teen Yoga Foundation at the Bath Half Marathon on the 4th march is Ruth Spencer-Carr. Ruth is a school health nurse working in a secondary school in Oxford.  She trained as a yoga teacher in August 2017.

She had never really run regularly before signing up for the Bath Half, except for the Race for Life 5K a few years ago, so this is a major challenge for her. Her training is going well though, and she has progressed up to 10 miles slowly but surely over the last months.

This is Ruth’s Story:

“If only I had been taught Yoga as a child……it could have helped so much especially in dealing with the loss of a parent so young, childhood grief and later on teenage anxiety and panic attacks, all of which Yoga has helped me overcome as an adult.”

“As a School Health Nurse, I am acutely aware of the struggles teenagers face in todays’ world and particularly in relation to their mental health. Yoga is a very powerful medium in which teens can look inwards (towards self) and learn about their mind and body, build strength and resilience, be peaceful and happy and spreading peace and happiness to others and the world. It is a subtle and deeply personal practice and can have a profoundly meaningful effect. If all children know yoga, the world will know peace.”

“Please donate to this amazing Foundation to support this wonderful work and to support me to take on the physical challenge of my life – running the Bath Half marathon 2018 in Roman/Georgian Bath-  the most beautiful city in the U.K. Thank you in advance.”

Ruth’s Just Giving page is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ruth-spencer43

TEEN YOGA AT THE BATH HALF

The Teen Yoga Foundation is delighted to be participating in the Bath Half Marathon for the first time in 2018 and we have a fantastic team of runners. The Bath Half Marathon is one of the most popular and longest established mass-participation running events in the UK, and one of the leading warm up races for the London Marathon.

We are always looking for ways to support the work we do. Over £2.2 million pounds was raised at the 2017 Bath Half Marathon, and indications for the 2018 event are that this figure will be surpassed again. As the largest single day fundraising event in the South West, the Bath Half Marathon represents a valuable revenue stream for a number of charities and voluntary groups. This sponsored approach seems to work!

These are our runners. Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting about each of them individually, but you can donate at their Just Giving pages.

 

Sofia Mason: Just Giving page

Ruth Spencer: Just Giving page

Ian Watson: Just Giving page

Lucia Huerta : Just Giving page

Nick Kearney:  Just Giving page

 

Please let us know if you would like to be part of the team on the day – we’d welcome locals who would come and cheer on our runners, offering refreshments, smiles and hugs.

Contact Janet on 07951566119 or janet.macleod at teenyogafoundation.com if you’d like to get involved.

 

RESEARCH PROJECT STARTING– PLEASE JOIN US!

TYF LogoThis week Westminster University Research Ethics Committee gave the go-ahead for the our new research project with their Psychology Department. We are going to look at the effects practicing yoga can have on young people’s stress and wellbeing. It would be great if you could join us in this project!

The aim is to get more evidence of the benefits of yoga for young people. This will be useful for yoga teachers when they talk to schools and parents, and for the Teen Yoga Foundation when we look for funding for further research. And for this we need your help.

The research project

Our research will focus on a simple “before/after” questionnaire over a six-week period with as many young people who are doing yoga as possible. The questionnaire will be accessible by mobile phone (or paper if preferred) and take about 10 minutes. They would do it at the start of the first class and again after six classes.

In order to achieve this, we need to involve as many teen yoga teachers as possible throughout the UK. If you have a group starting in January or any time in the first half of 2018, we would love you to participate in this research. (If you have more than one group, even better!)

How you can help

The process is very simple: you get in touch, we send you instructions, yoiu ask any questions you may have, and then get the young people to do the questionnaire (and do one meanwhile yourself) .

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP TO BUILD THE PROOF THAT YOGA WORKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, PLEASE WRITE A QUICK MESSAGE TO nick@teenyogafoundation.com

In the message, please give

  1. your name,
  2. when you start the classes, and
  3. an estimate of how many young people you can reach

NEW TEEN YOGA RESEARCH – PLEASE HELP US!

We are about to start a new research project with Westminster University, and we need your help!

One of our main objectives at the Teen Yoga Foundation is to get yoga into schools and other places where young people are. We feel it should be part of the curriculum and the NHS. This would radically increase the reach of yoga and the demand for it among young people, which would be valuable for everyone, especially as Sportivate funding disappears.

Following on from our meetings in the House of Lords, MPs, civil servants and other policy makers are asking us to “prove” with research what we all know from experience, that yoga is transformative for young people. But there is a lack of really strong evidence (there are lots of small studies but no large projects in the UK so far)

However, when we go to large funding bodies to ask for funds to do this kind of work, they won’t provide them until they see stronger indications that yoga research is worth funding. So, we need to collect that initial evidence. And for this we need your help.

The research project

Our research will focus on a simple “before/after” questionnaire over a six-week period with as many young people who are doing yoga as possible. The questionnaire will be accessible by mobile phone and take about 10 minutes. They would do it at the start of the first class and again after six classes. The questionnaire will be centred on their wellbeing (and we would expect their sense of wellbeing to improve!).

In order to achieve this, we need to involve as many teen yoga teachers as possible throughout the UK. If you have a group starting in January or any time in the first half of 2018, we would love you to participate in this research. (If you have more than one group, even better!)

How you can help

The process is straightforward and simple: you get in touch, read the instructions, ask any questions you may have, and then get the young people to do the questionnaire (and do one meanwhile yourself) at the beginning of the course and after six classes.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP TO BUILD THE PROOF THAT YOGA WORKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, PLEASE WRITE A QUICK MESSAGE TO nick@teenyogafoundation.com

In the message, please give

  1. your name,
  2. when you start the classes, and
  3. an estimate of how many young people you can reach

Thankyou!

Team Bliss

At the final session of the Instill conference 2017, a wonderful group of young people, Gabe, Asher, Rebecca, Flo, Edie, Robin, and Leila spoke eloquently about thier experience of yoga, the reasons that had brought them to yoga, and the way it enriches their lives. The feedback we have received indicates that this was the most successful session of the whole day.

They had worked together to prepare the session themselves, and as a result of that process they realised they wanted to continue to work together to share their experiences and help promote yoga for young people. During the session at the conference they set out their vision for the incorporation of yoga in schools so that all young people can have access to the benefits of yoga as they have.

The group is called Team Bliss. Any young person who wishes to join is welcome to participate. You can find them on social media (Facebook and Instagram)

@blissbyrobin

and they also have a webpage at

We look forward to working with Team Bliss to bring yoga to as many young people as we can.

Instill: the mat

Tomorrow is Instill! You can still book here if needs be. And you need to bring a mat!

The conference takes place at the Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street London SW1V 3AT, there is a map on the Teen Yoga Foundation website. It is within walking distance of Victoria Station and Pimlico Station. The main buses are the 24, 260 and the C10. Parking can be found on the street further down towards the river, though this is not always available it seems, and there are also car parks at Cumberland Street and Semley Place.
We have a tea break in the morning, but lunch is not provided. There are restaurants nearby, the Goya acros the road has nice tapas, and there are some in Moreton Street including a Tandoori, and heading towards Victoria, quite a range.
As you can see from the schedule we have built two workshop sessions into the day.  For a couple of these sessions we will use the auditorium, the others take place in classrooms, and therefore we have limited space for these. So to ensure that you can come to the sessions you want most you need to reserve, by sending your first 3 choices for AM and PM.
These sessions will involve participation, so wear yoga friendly clothing, and bring your mat. This will also be useful for the morning yoga session before we start at 8.
Did we say bring a mat?
Bring a mat!!!
Om om

Instill is supported by Yoga Alliance Professionals

Instill speakers: Dianne

One of the speakers at this year’s Instill Conference is Dianne Murphy, who as a secondary school teacher since the early nineties, began to teach yoga & mindfulness to teens 7 years ago.  Her strength in knowledge and delivery has grown boundlessly, teaching yoga in both mixed and single sex secondary schools and having also collaborated fruitfully with organisations including NCS and Youth Connexions.  Dianne’s current role as a Wellbeing & Mindfulness Lead at an all-boys Catholic school in North London suggests that the yoga trend amongst young adolescent males is strong, yet on the contrary Dianne tells us the attempt to make yoga appealing to this group is still very challenging. Young, disappointed male teens upon thinking of the idea of yoga, often describe it as “girly”, “touchy-feely” and “light-weight” and therefore denounce its value.  However this view shifts rapidly when they try it.  Dianne was recently asked to deliver a carousel of yoga at a residential week for a hundred and fifty year 8 boys where groups of fifteen at a time would do a 40 minute session.

“Bruv, it’s lit – you’ll love it!”

“In the morning the first groups of boys trudged reluctantly over to the field, grumbling about being ‘forced to do stupid, girly yoga’ but left with a very different opinion. By lunch time talk of yoga had spread and while the boys were eating they were asking each other what sessions they had later. We were now hearing comments such as ‘I got dat bait yoga t’ing, innit!’, ‘bruv, it’s lit – you’ll love it!’, ‘we should ask if we can have it back at school’, ‘yeah – in PE’, ‘Nah man, like every day!’”. At the end of the week when it came to ranking the activities, yoga came out as the clear favourite with over a hundred of the boys ranking it in their top three various activities

Convinced the boys? How to convince the parents…

Dianne, perhaps somewhat advantageously, is accustomed to dealing with parents from her experience as a school teacher.  Through this consequence, regular dialogue between teacher and parent is a given, and so Dianne is able to address and update parents on the benefits of yoga & mindfulness.  By explaining how it meets the need for personal wellbeing as well as social and emotional development, the schools can then also easily see where yoga & mindfulness correlates within the current Ofsted criteria for S.E.A.L and wellbeing.  This new found focus on S.E.A.L in particular means that parents are eager to know that their child’s needs are being met beyond the curriculum. However, as Dianne notes, essentially it is still the students themselves are the most effective advocates; it is their voice that best speaks of the benefits that yoga & mindfulness can bring.

An Affordable Challenge Through Free Methods

Wellbeing and mental health continues to be an important issue for boys and girls. The need for wellbeing provision is increasing year on year and is being pushed up the Schools’ agenda. Despite this obvious need, funding and school budgets are being cut making it harder to ensure that yoga & mindfulness are made accessible to students.   Dedicated practitioners such as Dianne need to continue the work they are doing in order to raise the profile and increase the recognition that yoga & mindfulness is one of the most affordable – and effective – methods of caring for the wellbeing of our youth.  If we look at how teenagers themselves challenge everything, including themselves, then this gusto for challenges needs to be met with the same fervour of our teachers and yoga practitioners.  After all, this is the generation that will take over the world! Dianne believes that if she can provide them with the tools to look after their own wellbeing, to be resilient and to be compassionate then these shining qualities will not only be enough to ensure that school budgets remain accommodating but also that these adolescents will develop into a generation of flowering positive change in the world.

Be Genuine in the Face of Computer Screens

Working with various gender and mixed groups has provided Dianne with valuable experience in how to adapt and modify sessions to best suit each group.  Gender she says becomes recognisable beyond the binary, whilst as an observer she can distinguish both the differences and the similarities between varying groups. Yet perhaps the most profound lesson on Dianne’s journey she says is to always be genuine. “That’s especially important with this age group. For one thing, they can easily spot when someone is not genuine and will respond accordingly. Secondly, they are bombarded with superficial and unreal ideals and expectations from things like media; to which they are hyper-connected. So to redress this imbalance it’s vital they encounter genuine experiences and genuine people so that they learn the value of self-worth and become confident enough to be authentic and true – valuing themselves as unique individuals”.

Dianne will be speaking in the afternoon session at Instill on Saturday. You can still book here if you haven’t already, and if you havent reserved for the parallel sessions, please mail us as soon as you can. There is limited space and they are filling up.

Instill is supported by Yoga Allliance Professionals