Living your yoga practice is about more than what you do on the mat. In order to bring depth, perspective and ongoing inspiration to your teaching, it’s essential to not only pursue lifelong learning opportunities, but also to share your knowledge and practice with others. Get grounded in the basics of trauma-informed yoga practice so that you can start sharing the benefits of yoga with at-risk youth, and bring sustainable change to your community. Yoga Ed.’s Trauma-Informed workshop is for both experienced and new yoga teachers that want to deepen their knowledge, grow their practice, or give their teaching a whole new meaning.

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Teenagers in the United States are deeply affected by trauma, and the impact is clear.

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, over 16 million children in the United States live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level, which means nearly 1 in 4 children are living in poverty. In one report, published by the United Nations Children’s Fund in 2013, the U.S. ranked 34th out of 35 countries surveyed, with higher child poverty rates than the majority of European nations, as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Between 500,000 and 2.8 million American youth are estimated to be homeless each year, with millions more children and teens subject to neglect, abuse, or family violence.

When youth experience trauma, it’s their health that often pays the price.

  • Violence: Homicide is the third leading cause of death for youth in the United States. In 2012, more than 630,000 youth from ages 10-24 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained from violence.
  • Mental Health: 1 in every 4 to 5 teens in the general population meet criteria for a lifetime mental disorder. In 2008, the rate of serious mental illness was higher for 18 to 25 year olds than for any other age group over 18, and approximately 1 out of every 15 high school students reports attempting suicide each year.
  • Substance Abuse: According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about nearly 30% of youth ages 12 to 20 reported drinking alcohol in the past month. And while illicit drug use among adolescents is lower than tobacco and alcohol use, youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 25 are more likely to be current illicit drug users than adults 26 and older.

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Through yoga, you can help empower change for youth in the United States.

You know that through poses, breathing and relaxation, yoga can improve and maintain health and wellness. For at-risk youth, yoga teaches them how to focus their breath and to feel safe in their own bodies. Through yoga, these teens gain a toolkit for being centered, calm and in-control, instead of reactive. These are tools that they can use for the rest of their lives, empowering them to make important decisions about their health and their future.

These are tools that they can use for the rest of their lives, empowering them to make important decisions about their health and their future.

All teens deserve the chance to feel supported, no matter their economic status, family history, or educational or career opportunities.

Through this training, you can become an ally for at-risk teens in your own area. By sharing the benefits of yoga, you can help resolve trauma for a better future for our youth.

Want to know more about how yoga works to address trauma?

Download this free article and learn what trauma is, why it matters, and how yoga works to heal trauma…from the inside out.

Feeling inspired? Don’t miss out. Register now for Professional Institute 3: Trauma-Informed Yoga to start putting words to action. Join like-minded individuals at this cutting-edge training, and help youth achieve the bright futures they deserve.