As an adoptive parent, I’ve spent years reading about and seeking to understand the effects of trauma, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, and attachment/relationship issues. Trauma can manifest in the body as well. If you’re interested in learning more about this, one of the most informative books I’ve read on the subject is The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk.
Exercise in general has been shown to relieve stress and manage anxiety, but yoga in particular can be therapeutic for those who have experienced trauma. When taught with a trauma-informed focus, yoga can help provide tools and strategies to help kids (and adults!) feel safe, empowered, and self-regulated.
–> Read more about the science behind this here.
I’ve recently completed a Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth course on teaching yoga to kids considered at-risk due to poverty, life experiences, or other risk factors. Now I’m happy to be able to offer a NEW ONLINE YOGA COURSE for kids and teens — and grown-ups, too.
NEW online yoga class!
These yoga classes are designed to help students become more in tune with their bodies and minds, which is often a struggle for kids who have experienced trauma in their developmental years. This sort of dysregulation has been a major challenge for my own kids. Adults who have not yet worked through childhood trauma can also benefit.
Who is it for?
Any kid who struggles with anxiety or has experienced trauma of any kind.
I would love for foster or adoptive kids to take part in these new online yoga classes because I’ve seen my own kids benefit from intentional physical activity of any kind, but mindful yoga is particularly beneficial.
Sometimes trauma is experienced as a one-time event. Scary things like a home being destroyed by fire or tornado, being in a major accident, witnessing a violent act in the family or community.
However, other common sources of trauma and/or anxiety for kids can be things like medical issues, the death of a loved one, military deployment of a parent, divorce/separation of parents, or school issues such as bullying. Many kids have also had higher than usual stress and anxiety related to issues surrounding the pandemic.
In addition to mental benefits, you probably already know yoga has oodles of physical benefits as well.
These yoga classes will also be absolutely appropriate for those who have not experienced trauma. We can ALL use a few extra tools to deal with stressful times — a.k.a, real life.
It can even count as part of homeschool P.E.
Middle school students and older.
Mostly, I’m gearing this toward teens but younger kids can totally participate if they’re old enough to settle in and not get bored.
Hey, parents, YOU are welcome, too! I see you. I know it’s stressful being responsible for the health and well-being of other humans, so you may enjoy these classes, too.
All your kids will need is a yoga mat and a little space to move. This is a movement and mindfulness class. All belief systems are welcome but religion is not taught or incorporated in this class.
I’ve chosen to make this a donation-based class because I don’t want anyone who could benefit from it to be limited by finances. If you have questions, or are interested in participating, please email me: