We had an interesting panel discussion on mindfulness and yoga, and the relationship between them, at the Instill conference earlier this month. We will be publishing a report on the conference, and the audio will soon be available, but meanwhile here is a blog post by Flavia Munn, who was at the conference, discussing mindfulness and yoga.
Conference registration begins at 8.30 am each day.
We will be providing refreshments (tea and fruit) during the breaks. For lunch on the Friday, there is a canteen available in the building across the way from the Brunei Gallery and there are several sandwich bars and other eating places in the vicinity. Here is a list of suggested places to eat.
During the lunch breaks on both days, there will be yoga sessions, so if you want to participate, please bring a yoga mat and suitable clothing!
There are two breakout sessions each day, where discussion will take place in smaller moderated groups. Details of the groups for each session, and the rooms they are in, will be posted on a noticeboard outside the lecture theatre.
Sir Anthony Seldon, who is a patron of the Teen Yoga Foundation, can’t make it to the Instill conference this year, but he recorded some personal thoughts about yoga in schools. These can be found in this video.
As some may know already, there is an Early Day Motion (EDM) on including yoga in the NHS which has been drafted through the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Sciences. An EDM is a formal motion for a topic to be debated in the House of Commons and brings attention to the cause. There is a meeting in the House of Lords on the 27th June to celebrate International Yoga Day and address the topic of bringing yoga into the NHS. The text also mentions bringing yoga in to the PE curriculum in schools.
This is a really important step, and it is wonderful that the idea can be discussed, but we need to give it as much support as we can, and one way to do this is to get as many MPs to back the EDM as possible.
The Teen Yoga Foundation are honoured to be sponsors of the International Yoga Day this year. It will be celebrated on 19th June (this coming Sunday) at Alexandra Palace. This is a free event.
We will be giving TeenYoga classes at the following times:
11.45 – 12.15 in Yoga class 2
2.45 – 3.15 in the Vitacoco open area
Come and find us at our tent! We will be presenting the Foundation’s work and projects, and of course the Instill conference in July.. On this occasion, for one day, we will be offering 2-day tickets at the Early Bird price (which ended in May) and the discount on membership.
We will also be inviting people to join in with our sponsored Yoga for Peace to raise money to fund the Foundation, which will take place on the International Day of Peace, on 21st September. Ther are various options you can do with your class, such 108 sun salutations, group vriksasana, or sponsored partner yoga. Or you could just do an hour of savasana, but it might be harder to get sponsored for that!! Come and talk to us about it!
We hope you can join us on the 19th June at Alexandra Palace, and join in with the Yoga for Peace.
Since our charitable status was approved, as well as working on the preparation of the Instill conference, we have been working on the advantages of membership of the Teen Yoga Foundation. Although the principal reason for becoming a member is to support the work we do, which helps to support everyone in the yoga community by promoting yoga for young people’s well being, there are other advantages for members. As well as the discount on the conference, and access to the resources in our Members Area on the website, there are also discounts available on specialist yoga training courses for your CPD. These include courses on subjects such as yoga for the special child, yoga for mental health in children and adolescents, yoga for autism and ADHD, yoga for the mind, and others.
This year we are very happy to be working with three organisations:
Heather, Lucy and Jo are offering a 10% discount on their courses to Teen Yoga Foundation members. The courses, as many of our members have already discovered, are very valuable elements in any yoga teacher’s CPD. Lucy spoke last year at the Instill conference, and Heather and Jo are speakers this year.
We hope you will find these discounts helpful, in addition to the other advantages of being a member.
Sometimes it may seem as if all we talk about is the Instill conference!!! The Teen Yoga Foundation has a lot of other activity that aims to promote wellbeing for young people. One of these is a project called Yoga Girls Can.
Yoga for teenagers in schools is proving to be a slow burning success. Both informal feedback and formal research are building up a body of evidence that shows yoga improves the wellbeing of young people in schools. But what of the large numbers of young people who are not in school?According to Sportivate, which exists to promote physical activity among young people, there are some 4 million people across the UK in the age range between 16 and 24, for whom conventional sport is of no interest. It is also often associated with unpleasant or uncomfortable experiences at school age. The nonsporting, non-competitive nature of yoga makes it a very appropriate activity for promoting the wellbeing of this group. However, though it is easy to set up yoga classes in schools, those in jobs or a university or unemployed prove harder to reach.
The solution we came up with was a yurt, a mobile temporary space that we could take to each particular venue where we were likely to find young people interested in trying out yoga. We proposed the idea to Sport for England’s Innovation Fund and they accepted the proposal At the start of the project in September 2015, a wonderful opportunity arose to link the Youth Yoga Yurt project to Sport for England’s This Girl Can campaign which was aimed to get young women into sport. So the project was named Yoga Girls Can.
For the first year, it was decided to take the yurt mainly to university campuses. These included the University of the West of England, Bath University and Bath Spa University. There were some initial teething problems. We found especially that engaging people to such a degree as to get them to try a yoga session in a public space involves more than simply giving them information. There was a need for a one-to-one conversation in many cases. After the first weeks, uptake improved considerably as we adapted to this. The project has now reached its target. We have reached more than 600 young women, and we are now looking at ways of extending it this year. If you are interested in having the yurt at your institution, we may be able to help. Please get in touch!
Every year at the Instill conference, we like to include the voices of the young people that the Teen Yoga Foundation aims to help in the activity of the conference. We usually do this by organising a video competition for schools.
Last year, in 2015, we had a competition in which yoga teachers in schools sent in videos of young people saying what they liked about yoga. We put them together in a presentation about young people’s perceptions of yoga and we showed it at the conference.
I particularly liked the first speaker in that video, who liked yoga “cos its fit and its good sport”!! We also had a longer video from our Youth Ambassador Robin Watkins Davies called Bliss. You can see all the videos of the 2015 conference on the site.
This year the focus of the conference is on integrating yoga into schools, and for this reason we are holding a competition for yoga groups and schools. This might be a class in the school that is using yoga, or an after-school group, or the school as a whole.
What we would like you to do for this competition is make a short video (max 3 mins), using a smart phone or a camera in which you present, in any way you see fit, the way yoga fits into your lives at the school. It might be interviews, it might be a story, it might be a lip sync, whatever you feel is best. This video, made by the wonderful Leah Giovengo-Northrop at Falk School in Pittsburgh US, might serve as inspiration!
The prizes for this competition are as follows:
1st prize: 1 space for a staff member on the Teen Yoga Training Course
2nd prize: 2 free tickets for staff members to the Instill conference 2016
3rd prize: 1 term of free yoga classes at your school for students
4th prize: 1 term of free yoga classes for teachers
5th prize: 10 TeenYoga Foundation mats
6th prize: 1 year membership of the Teen Yoga Foundation
Please send it to us at info@teenyogafoundation by the 25th June.
We have just finalised the schedule for Instill 2016. We have extended the duration to two days this year, thanks to requests from last year’s participants and we believe this year’s programme of speakers promises an rich and stimulating event, where everyone’s voice can be heard. Have a look at the schedule, and join us on the 8th and 9th July!