This Month

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­­­TEEN YOGA MONTHLY THEME – OCTOBER 2021

Yoga for Body and Mind

In the northern hemisphere, we have just reached the Autumn Equinox, a time of transition when we say goodbye to the fiery, yang energy of summer and welcome
the more introspective, yin feel of Autumn.
For many, the Fall is seen as a time of change. There is less sunlight because the days are shorter – the leaves are changing colour and falling off the trees – and it
represents the start of a new school year for many. With that change can come feelings of anxiousness, stress and pressure, particularly for teens entering a new
school year.
Our theme for this month is ‘yoga for body and mind.’ We all know that there is a very physical element to the yoga practice. In addition to the physical aspect of the
practice, it is very much connected to the mind, too.
‘Yoga involves a mind-body dualism, with the believe that the body’s processes can influence the mind. In fact, certain yoga positions have been said to either stimulate
the mind or promote a more introspective state of being, which opens a window of mind-body experience for those who practice.’
There is a sense of calming the mind during a yoga practice – a calming, a clearing, a letting go. For teens, this can be very beneficial as they face the pressures of their
day-to-day living.
Our theme for October is ‘yoga for body and mind.’ Being in this season of change, yoga can help us both physically and mentally. It is during the Fall that we tend to
look emotionally inwards with ourselves and those important to us. As we slow down after the busy-ness of summer, we take time to tap into the balance within us. We
find that balance through yoga.

 

LINKS AND RESOURCES FOR OCTOBER

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra can be a great way to bring a sense of relaxation into your class and it can be very beneficial, especially for teens.  It really helps them with mood swings, brain and physical growth, self-esteem, brain function, muscular relaxation and sleep.

Most of you will be familiar with the Yoga Nidra practice, Garden of Blossom, from the Teen Yoga teacher training.  We wanted to share it with you again to use in your class.  You can simply follow the script as you take your yogis through a Yoga Nidra practice.

Click on this link:   01 10_01 Yoga for Body and Mind YOGA NIDRA to access this yoga nidra.

Altruism and Karma Yoga

According to Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita, karma yoga is the spiritual practice of ‘selfless action performed for the benefit of others.’  Charlotta shares her thoughts on how the understanding of altruism and karma yoga can help in feeling well within ourselves.  Just doing a little thing for someone else, can help us feel connected and can help us find our way out of the blues.

Click HERE to view the video from Charlotta.

Gratitude

Taking a moment to be grateful can change your mindset.  When we express gratitude and receive the same, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions and they make us feel good.  They enhance our mood immediately, making us feel happy from the inside.

Take some time in your class to simply ask the question, ‘what are you grateful for?’  Click on this link 01 10_02 Yoga for Body and Mind GRATITUDE to see some gratitude tips and strategies from Claire, one of the Teen Yoga Foundation teachers.

Harmonising the 2 Hemispheres of Your Brain

Your brain is command central of all you think, feel and do.  The brain is divided into two hemispheres – the right and the left.  Although the two sides of your brain look very much alike, there’s a huge difference in how they process information.

The left brain is more verbal, analytical and orderly.  It is connected to logic, sequencing, linear thinking, mathematics and thinking in words.  The right brain is more visual and intuitive.  It is connected to imagination, holistic thinking, intuition, arts and daydreaming.

You need to use both sides to create an equilibrium between them.  In doing so, you release stress, bring more oxygen into the body and clear the mind.

Ione has prepared activities you can do with the teens in your class to create a sense of harmony between the two hemispheres of the brain.  Click  HERE and share the activities in your classes.

Good Sleep Hygiene

We all probably know that sleep is essential.  It is as important to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing, and vital for maintaining good mental and physical health.  Sleeping helps us to recover from physical as well as mental exertion.

So, what can teens do to get a good night sleep?  The Teen Yoga Ambassador groups recently discussed sleep hygiene as sleep patterns are often an issue for teens.  Click on this link 01 10_03 Yoga for Body and Mind SLEEP HYGIENE to see their guidance for good sleep hygiene.  And be sure to share it with your yogis!

THE OCTOBER CHALLENGE – GIVE AS YOU LIVE

The Teen Yoga Foundation is a charity. To achieve our aim of ensuring all young people have access to the benefits of yoga we depend on two sources of income, one is the courses we run, and the other, donations.

This month, we want to share with you an effortless way of helping Teen Yoga raise money.  It’s called Give As You Live.  With this service, for each online purchase you make, a small percentage is given to our charity.

How It Works

You first need to sign-up.  Go to ‘Give As You Live’ by clicking HERE and choose Teen Yoga Foundation as your chosen charity.  Then, you just need to enter a few details about yourself and you’re all set to start raising free funds!

Once you’ve signed-up, download a Donation Reminder widget to your browser.  When you visit a participating online store (there are 5500), the widget asks if you want a percentage of your purchase to raise money for us.  You click ‘yes’ and shop as you normally would.

You won’t typically see anything different on the store’s website, but as long as you’ve clicked on the widget, they’ll know you’re a ‘Give As You Live’ online shopper.

That’s it – super easy!  They will email you to let you know how much has been raised.

Why not try it now? 

Register here:  https://www.giveasyoulive.com/signup/details?cid=91098.