By Jane Rosen Two years before the end of my 36-year career as an educator, I started practicing yoga and sharing it with my fourth-grade class. In those two years, I saw the profound effects of yoga on my students’ learning, the emotional climate of my classroom, my interactions with students, my satisfaction with teaching, [...]
By Renée Peterson Trudeau Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights and attending holiday work parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? 2013 has been intense for many of us. We felt overscheduled and overworked, and we rarely got the chance to unplug. We navigated big career and life [...]
Earlier this year, students from Pittsfield High School and educators from Monument Mountain Regional High School, both local schools, visited Kripalu and shared with us how the Yoga in the Schools program impacts their lives and their communities. The Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) program brings its evidence-based yoga curriculum to middle and high [...]
I don’t like to admit this, but I definitely have a hard time being happy, especially for extended periods of time. In any given situation, I’m masterful at finding something about which to be frustrated, disgruntled, or disappointed. I loathe this quality in myself, but a tendency to focus on the negative rather than the [...]
by, Renée Peterson Trudeau Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, the start of a new school year signifies opportunity, a fresh start, and a chance to do things differently. If you’re feeling some anxiety around the all the transitions, juggling, and driving that usually accompany a new school year, take a deep breath, pause, [...]
Kat Olson, guest blogger One of the biggest perks of my yearlong internship with the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) program (an initiative of Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL)) is the fieldwork—going into our participating schools to interact with the kids, and working side-by-side with our amazing teachers and researchers. This past January, [...]
Kelly Brooks, guest blogger Stressed out on the job? You’re not alone: 83 percent of Americans feel pressure from work, according to a recent Work Stress Survey. Among the most stressful occupations are doctors, nurses, therapists, and others at the front lines of health care. “These are super-stressful jobs with long hours, unpredictable schedules, and [...]
Over the last four and a half years, my life has literally turned upside down. After 18 years together, my husband and I sadly parted ways. While I’d lived on the East Coast my entire adult life, it no longer felt right to be there after our split. And so, a few years after the [...]
When I was a kid sitting in the backseat of the car as my parents were driving me somewhere or another, I remember getting nervous when we’d cross over a bridge, especially if it was a long bridge suspended high in the air. As soon as the car reached land, I’d involuntarily shiver as if [...]
I’m waiting in the yoga classroom of a western Massachusetts high school—the site of one of the Yoga in the Schools projects being developed and scientifically evaluated by Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living. The room is decorated in vibrant student-painted murals and yoga posters, transforming the windowless space, which was once the detention room, into a bright area for mindful movement and self-inquiry. The bell rings and instead of desks and chairs, students filter into a circular arrangement of yoga mats. With upbeat melodies humming in the background, bags and shoes are left at the door. One student, who three weeks earlier came to class with snacks and a cell phone in hand, greets me today with a smile and goes sit on his mat, looking receptive. I assist the instructor by inviting the rest of the group to find a comfortable seat. We’re ready to begin.
It’s no revelation that adolescents today are stressed. Naturally, in a time of physical and psychosocial transformation, teens face the tasks of identity development and belonging—while managing a cascade of hormonal changes. For many, the teenage years can feel like a minefield, finding the precarious balance between standing out and fitting in, trying on values and dealing with the accompanying emotions. The demands of academic and extracurricular achievement, along with decisions about whether and how to get to college, weigh as well. It’s a heavy toll! And that’s assuming there’s stability at home. Knowing that lifelong patterns take root in adolescence, yogic wisdom offers support. Tools to manage life’s challenges and practice self-compassion are at the heart of what’s available.