Promoting Teen Yoga
SPREADING THE WORD
Although 26% of schools are currently offering yoga in some form, many schools do not and are as yet unaware of the benefits that yoga could bring, or indeed what exactly yoga entails. In order to dispel myths and raise awareness of the current state of yoga in schools, Charlotta Martinus speaks regularly at conferences across the country, to around 3000 delegates per year, mostly Headmasters, SEND teachers, TAs, policy makers and Pastoral Leads. She also writes for the national Yoga Magazines and delivers Thought for the Day on BBC Bristol on a monthly basis.
As well as our work promoting the benefits of yoga for young people in schools, a key aim is for it to be available throughout the education system as part of the curriculum so that it is available to all rather than something schools need specific extra funding for. To this end we work to raise awareness in Parliament and other policy arenas of the beenfits of yoga in education.is.
The Teen Yoga Foundation runs a conference every year in November in London. This conference takes a look at the current state of yoga in schools across the world with a special focus on the UK. It attracts 100 delegates every year, ranging from headmasters to teaching assistants to seasoned yoga therapists and yoga students as well as the teens themselves. Each year, a heterogenous group of enthusiastic teenage yoga practitioners present their perspectives on the state of affairs in yoga in schools and among youth in the UK and abroad. They are an essential part of our ongoing work.