Yoga for Peace Day reminder

Thursday is World Peace Day! Peace in the world starts with peace in your self.

As we did last year, the Teen Yoga Foundation is celebrating Peace Day (21st September) with a fundraising event to help support the work we do. Please help us!

We invite you to celebrate Peace Day by taking part in a yoga class?

So how can you do this?

It is very simple 🙂

We ask you to donate the proceeds of one yoga class, on or around the 21st September to the Foundation.

You might be the teacher of this class, or you might tell your teacher about it. And dont just tell your teacher, tell you friends, tell everybody! It’s a great opportunity to introduce people to yoga.

If you have any questions contact us at

 Please also send us your photos, and tell us about the session!

Instill conference schedule

After some complications, especially with the site, which has been down for a couple of weeks (apologies for that), we have now finalised the schedule for the Instill conference 2017. We have a balance of keynotes, workshops and panel debates on a range of subjects relating to yoga and education. We hope you find it interesting.

There is limited space at the conference, so book your tickets here soon!. In September we will be opening reservations for the workshops for ticket holders in order of booking.  Over the next weeks we will be posting about each of the speakers in turn, but for now, here are the details of the schedule.

11/11/17 – Instill conference



Yoga session



Plenary session: Yoga, education and research

Shirley Telles – the latest yoga research

Usha Nayar – yoga and inequality

Lee Atkins -measuring well being

Other speaker TBC





Parallel Sessions

Lisa Greenspan -Yoga as PSHE – DEBATE

Alison Jennings – Yoga in the PRU – WORKSHOP

Lucy Clarke – Yoga and ADHD – WORKSHOP

Yvonne Morey – Counselling skills for yoga teachers – WORKSHOP

Helen Clare – Yoga for athletes – WORKSHOP





Parallel sessions

Silvia Giovannoni – Yoga for creativity –- PLAYSHOP

Shaura Hall – Yoga for drug addiction – – WORKSHOP

Lisa Greenspan – Yoga for young offenders – WORKSHOP

Rhian Fox – Gender and yoga – DISCUSSION

Josie Sovegjarto – Yoga in creative education – WORKSHOP



Panel debate – Teenagers in society

Coordinated by Robin Watkins-Davies

Closing remarks


Support for Manchester

On the 23rd of May our hearts broke at the news of 22 young lives cut short by a brutal and senseless killing. The innocence lost on that day is unimaginable and the suffering of friends, close ones and families beyond comprehension. At times like these we all want to do something but often feel locked in grief and confusion. Out of this horror and paralysis came the galvanisation of some well trained, experienced and local volunteers who want to support the children who are grieving and traumatised.

The most simple and immediate way to do this is for us to deliver a short programme to all teachers in the area who wish to receive it. So Charlotta Martinus is going to prepare specialists in this field to go out and train teachers in how to support young people during this difficult time.

The two hour training course is available  for free to any school that contacts us, subject to availability of teachers. The training includes simple ways to help to ground pupils through stretches, breathing exercises and soothing techniques. These techniques are evidence-based and have been extensively tested.

In addition to this the Life Centre in central Manchester has also gifted its space for classes for anyone affected by the attack, where there will be dedicated sessions every day during half term. The timetable for these classes is here and you can also see it in under Manchester Yoga Timetable in the menu bar on the left.

If you would like to support this work, please feel free to donate on this website, all money will go to supporting the teachers going into schools. (£35 per lesson)

Thanks for your continued support.

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 2017 conference again in November 2017. We have decided to make it a one day event to reduce costs for people from outside London, and keep the overall price affordable. The date is Saturday 11th November (full day). Please book here.

This year at Instill 2017, 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 workshops, and keep the price down, we have changed the venue this year. We will be holding the Instill 2017 conference at Pimlico Academy

The address is Pimlico Academy, Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street London SW1V 3AT.

As well the 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 conference will also 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.

We will be publishing a detailed schedule very soon.

We hope you can attend Instill 2017, the price is 90 pounds, with a discounted price of 75 pounds for registered members of the Teen Yoga Foundation (for more information, enter the Members Area).

Please book here.

We look forward to seeing you!

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


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.


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
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.



Instill conference audio

The Instill conference audio is now available.  If you would like to get the audio, please email, 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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