One of the things I have noticed with teaching teens is the increased levels of anxiety that they are experiencing. A great deal of anxiety can be traced back to an original thought that once we begin to focus on can take on a life of its own until we literally cannot think of anything else. I was given this visualization and simple tool by my yoga teacher as a way to help manage the nature of the mind when it comes to thoughts with the hope of cultivating awareness and reducing triggers for stress. It uses a mobile phone as a reference to convey this idea which all teens can relate to as most of them have one. I believe in making things teen friendly and relevant as a way to offer them support!
Materials required – a mobile phone
How to facilitate it:
UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 and Australian Health guidelines this event has been postposed to later in 2020.. Please come back and check my Schedule here. In the meantime please enjoy some of the suggestions I have in this blog with your children and teenagers at home.
This month I decided to share a teen tip with you especially with my upcoming Teen Training in Brisbane April 17-19 at One Family Yoga & Fitness.
One of the things I have noticed with my teen students is the absolute necessity to have FUN with them. I think we can get easily forget that even in their rapidly changing body and increased level of responsibility in their lives is a ‘Child’ that wants to have fun – don’t we all actually! This is one of the reasons that I always make laughter and fun an essential ingredient in my class!
Recently we played a memory game which I figured would help them explore their ability to focus and memorize what they saw before them. Also indirectly a different way of enhancing their skills to study for exams! What was really sweet was how they seemed excited at the prospect of playing the game and at the same time became nostalgic with one another about when they were tweenies and loved doing this together!
What you need and how to play
Karen Wightman is the founder of Creative Yogis. She is an experienced, local and international children’s yoga instructor, yoga teacher trainer, and children’s art teacher.
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