Who are we?
The Teen Yoga Foundation is a small UK charity that aims to improve the well-being of young people through the practice of yoga, in schools and elsewhere, in the UK and abroad.
We have been providing yoga to young people and training teachers to deliver it for 15 years.
TYF exists to get young people doing yoga because yoga helps them cope with life and learn how to prosper.
Why Teen Yoga?
A lot of young people have problems with their mental health because they simply don’t know how to cope.
Yoga provides powerful ways of dealing with stress in their personal, family and social lives by teaching them simple techniques to reduce tension and increase calm in all situations.
This is transformative as it empowers them to engage more fully in their personal lives, school and society.
What do we do?
The benefits of yoga are not yet familiar in educational and youth contexts and the TYF is working to change this.
We train teachers, teach young people, we speak to government, we collaborate with universities on research.
We develop programmes tailored to specific issues such as drug addiction, homelessness, obesity, anxiety and depression.
We collaborate with universities nationally and internationally.
Have a look at the different kinds of work we do:
For thousands of years, millions of people have experienced yoga’s ability to improve their lives… The development of therapeutic, evidence-based yoga is, I believe, an excellent example of how yoga can contribute to health and healing.
I am very excited about teaching yoga at the school where I am a classroom teacher. I can see how enormously beneficial yoga is going to be for the young people in my school, especially in the run up to exams when the pressure is enormous.
I gained much more confidence and awareness in my body. I also learned ways to relax and when I’m stressed I know ways to make me feel better.
A lot better and more fun than I expected! I loved doing partner stuff and doing sun salutes and I also love balancing with your knees on your arms. Yoga makes me calm and happy.
It was relaxing, I lost all thoughts of stress/headaches/school work and felt calm. I had a more focused mind at the end of each session.
I used to think yoga was boring and only for flexible people but that is not the case. I also learnt that your pose doesn’t have to be perfect.
I really enjoy doing yoga and I have benefitted from doing it massively. The group of people In my class are really nice and everyone’s comfortable with talking about how they’re feeling. Also if I ever have any aches or pains I can always rely on yoga to make me feel better. But best of all, yoga makes me feel so calm and relaxed afterwards; it’s a perfect getaway if I ever have a stressful day.Daisy, 15