In January, Charlotta will be travelling to Sierra Leone with Vic, a psychologist to train a group of young men and women from the Yoga Strength centre in yoga therapy for trauma.
They are already trained as yoga teachers and so will be given some basic tools to further support their fellow citizens in relieving the trauma that they have experienced over the last 20 years, including devastating civil war where children as young as 7 were given cocaine to kill or maim pregnant women and other citizens in what became known as the blood diamond war. Then recently the country was ravaged by the unforgiving Ebola virus, which killed 4000 citizens in horrific deaths.
Sierra Leone is the 3rd poorest country in the world with 72% of the population living on $1 a day, despite sitting on one of the biggest reserves of diamonds in the world.
Winston and his friends have found yoga helps to overcome the nightmares and memories as well as physical debilitation after these experiences. They would like to train further in order to bring more yoga to Freetown and thereby ensure a peaceful future, with a resource for conflict resolution.
Please donate to help us with this project!
The cost of this trip is minimal as Charlotta is only bringing one assistant and neither of them are taking payment for the work.
This is the cost breakdown:
Flights £980 each
Accommodation £700 each
Food £200 each
Admin and misc. £450
TOTAL – £4610 (raised so far £1300)
left to raise – £3310
Any extra money will be given to Winston’s Yoga Centre to facilitate more training opportunities.
In the week of the American election, a week where global anxiety has perhaps probably never been higher, the Teen Yoga Foundation’s volunteers shone steadily and brightly, highlighting the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for mental health and wellbeing to the delegates at the 10th Annual Mental Health & Wellbeing in Schools Conference in London. Information about Teen Yoga trained teachers and courses, retreats and the work of the Teen Yoga Foundation was shared with a very receptive crowd of teachers, school decision makers and representatives from other organisations that support wellbeing and mental health in UK schools.
Alongside speakers from Mental First Aid UK, The Childrens and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, Place2Be and other developmental support charities who shared their perspective and experiences, behavioural scientists, educational consultants and psychologist educated us on current trends, policies and opportunities.
At the Teen Yoga Foundation booth our own wisdom about the teenage brain, body and how yoga and mindfulness can support young people in education and our experiences in schools working with both staff and pupils was met by a very receptive audience who were delighted to find academic papers and evidence based studies to support the benefits we explained.
We hope to return next year!
Thanks to our volunteers, and to Louise Renwick for this report.
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.