Instill conference 2017 update

After some reflection, we have decided to postpone the Instill conference to the autumn. A key reason for this is that since setting our dates, we have noticed that the conference dates clash with one of the largest yoga festivals in the UK in Reading, which many of our potential participants would like to go to.

Since we don’t want to place anyone in the difficult situation of having to choose between two very attractive options 😊, we are moving the conference to the autumn, in late October or early November 2017. Hopefully this is a good time for everyone.

Taking into account the advice we received from you after the last conference, we have built more participatory sessions into the programme this year, with a range of parallel sessions on the practical application of yoga in schools run by experts in the field, with plenty of time for discussion and exchange.

There is some work to do now, to reorganize the dates and venue, and reconfirm the programme, but in a month or so we will publish the new dates and programme. We hope you can still come and join us.

Meanwhile we may see you in Reading!

Come to the INSTILL 2017 Conference

After successful editions in 2015 and 2016, we are holding the Instill conference again in July 2017. The dates are Friday 7th (evening) and Saturday 8th July (full day). Please book here.

This year, in addition to the talks, discussions and panel debates of previous years we are adding practical workshops (so bring your mat!)

In order to include these practical workshops, and keep the price down, we have changed the venue this year. We will be holding the Instill conference at Kensington Aldridge Academy which is between Ladbroke Grove and Latimer road tube stations.

The address is Kensington Aldridge Academy, 1 Silchester Rd, London W10 6EX. Here is a map.

On the Friday Instill will be in the evening from 6 to 10, and the Saturday it will be from 9 to 5. On the Friday evening, as well as a series of practical workshops, there will also be a special session organised and presented entirely by teenagers, focusing on their perceptions of yoga, education and society. The Saturday will involve talks by expert speakers, audience participation in discussions around yoga and education, and practical workshops on subjects such as Gender in Yoga for Adolescents, and Yoga and Depression.

Our speakers at Instill this year include Shirley Telles and Usha Nayar. We will be publishing a detailed schedule soon.

We hope you can attend, the price is 110 pounds for both days, with a discounted price of 95 pounds for registered members of the Teen Yoga Foundation (for more information, enter the Members Area).

Please book here

Membership changes – Teen Yoga Foundation

From 1st January 2017 we have changed the way membership of the Teen Yoga Foundation works.

​When we originally set up the Foundation, a few months before the first Instill conference, it seemed logical to raise funds through membership to get the work off the ground. So we offered this, with various incentives such as discounts for the conference and CPD courses, and many signed up for that first year’s membership.

Since then, we have got our charity status, which was early in 2016, and after some debate, we have decided that fee-paying membership does not sit so well as a model for fundraising, as collecting fees pushes us towards a transactional relationship where the fee is seen as a payment for the provision of services, rather than simply support for our charitable activity. It feels more appropriate to work with donations and grants, and especially the valuable work that our volunteers contribute.

So, as of 1st January 2017, we ​are not collecting fees for membership. We will rely on donations for the different campaigns we organise. We do however ask you to register, and update your data regularly. By doing so, you are showing solidarity with young people everywhere and supporting our work to promote the inclusion of yoga in education.  It also helps us to keep in touch with you, and it is valuable to be able to talk about the numbers of members we have when we are requesting funding.

We will continue to maintain our member’s area (thanks to the volunteers who are helping with the resource collection) where we provide a collection of research articles and other publications relating to yoga and young people’s well-being.

There are also other benefits of membership. These include a discount on our annual conference, and on other events and activities run by the Teen Yoga Foundation, including CPDs run by collaborating organisations.

So please register if you havent already, and if you want to help, by donating or working with us, please get in touch.

Happy New Year!

 

Photo by Cristina Cerda

TEEN YOGA at the MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING CONFERENCE

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.

YOGA THERAPY IN SIERRA LEONE

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.

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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!

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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
Resources £400
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.

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Instill conference audio

The Instill conference audio is now available.  If you would like to get the audio, please email Nick@teenyogafoundation.com, and we will send the link.

For those who came to the conference, the audio is free. For those who did not we request a donation of £50, or what you can afford, using the donation button on the left.

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Practical details for the Instill conference

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.

We look forward to seeing you at Instill!

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Sir Anthony Seldon on yoga in schools

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.

https://www.facebook.com/charlotta.martinus/videos/10154202323636257/

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See you at the conference!!