Y.O.G.A. For Youth – Chicago
Y.O.G.A For Youth programming in Chicago is off to a great start! The first Teacher Training course was hosted in March 2015 and since then, a local group of teachers have taken the initiative to bring yoga to their communities. Sat Nam!
Bright Star Y.O.G.A. For Youth Pilot Program
The Peace House in the Englewood neighborhood is an amazing place in of itself, with it’s budding vegetable garden and an outdoor yoga space in the garden. Y.O.G.A. For Youth was recently invited to teach a young men’s class. It is heart warming to see young men ages 15-22 participate in yoga and meditation.
Contact our Local Coordinators Anila Saineghi and Nubia Henderson if you are interested in learning more about hosting classes or a Teacher Training Course at your location. Sat Nam!
Meet the Team: Y.O.G.A. For Youth Chicago
I have loved yoga for a very long time. I attended many different studio classes as well as classes at my health club for many years. Though they were all a great form of exercise and an excellent primary form of the mind body connection I would never quite get to the meditative state of mind nor transfer my “on the mat” learning to day-to-day life situations. Five years ago while going through challenges I discovered Kundalini Yoga. It was truly life transforming and provided me real tools to deal with tough situations and success. About a month into my practice I knew I had finally found what I knew yoga needed to be…an uplifting energy, an internal joy and feelings of peace and grounding. I couldn’t help but think “what if I had discovered this at a younger age?” These are “real” tools that if learned, practiced and used could have helped me manage stress, anger, sorrow, build self esteem, create joy and peace and bring my creativity to a whole different level. Since I don’t have access to a time machine teaching my younger self was not a viable option. I decided to do the next best thing, actually probably the best thing. I decided to teach it to young people. Being a mom I know first hand how challenging adolescence can be and it is very painful to hear of any child resorting to violence or not seeing a way out of their current negative circumstances. Kundalini Yoga teaches them to be of strong mind so they are able to deal with every situation life brings their way. Success is just as difficult to deal with as failure if you don’t have the right tools.
I am a certified Y.O.G.A. For Youth teacher, certified life coach, certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant.
For the last 10 years I have been practicing yoga and it has served as mirror for my life both on and off the mat.
While watching the PBS documentary, Frontline: Prison State, I witnessed a young woman develop a nervous tick due to the trauma and stressors of incarceration. This image ignited my desire to share yoga as a coping skill with at-risk teens and adolescents. Knowing the importance of visualization and setting intentions, I created a vision board and identified, Y.O.G.A for Youth founder, Krishna Kaur as a mentor for my work.
Two months later, Krishna led the first Y.O.G.A for Youth training in Chicago. I completed the training and along with my classmates accepted the charge to expand on the work of YFY throughout Chicago.
I have had the honor of teaching yoga to children and teens at After School Matters, Bright Start Church, Children of the Sun Learning Center, Polished Pebbles and Village Leadership Academy, among other community based organizations.
As I continue to grow and develop in my own practice, I am overjoyed and open to serve and share the tools of Kundalini yoga with youth and adults alike. I hold a 200-hour yoga certification and Y.O.G.A for Youth certification.
Sat Nam & Namaste,
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