Sunday, February 28, 2016 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Our bodies are the vehicles that carry us through our lives, taking us from one place to another, and guiding us to feel our emotions, connect to others, and experience the world fully. There is a great storehouse of wisdom in our bodies, from which we’re often disconnected.
In a culture that is increasingly promoting rigor, standardized assessments, and cutting important hours dedicated to the arts, health and physical education; youth are sitting still at school for developmentally inappropriate periods of time. This, combined with increased screen time and trauma, leave many of our youth in a state of disembodiment; disconnected from their bodies.
In this engaging workshop, participants will explore current research connecting movement and breath-based practices to learning readiness, engagement, and stress resilience. Walking away with tangible tools, participants will learn and practice simple chair yoga activities, mindful movement, and breathwork practices to share with youth. These practices will support and encourage mindfulness by bringing attention to the here and now of sensation, helping our youth to befriend and come home to their own bodies.