Y.O.G.A. for Youth – Southern California (Home Office)

The Y.O.G.A. for Youth program is one of the first of its kind in the US. Established in 1998 by Krishna Kaur, Y.O.G.A. for Youth seeks to create a dynamic approach for addressing the social and personal challenges confronting pre-teens, teens and young adults. Our programs address youth in the following capacities: school and after school and supplemental programs, pregnant and parenting teens, mental and health-related programs which include HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol dependency. Our programs are also based in secured and non-secured detention facilities, as well as shelters and inner-city schools and communities. The program presents a comprehensive and transforming model for meaningful rehabilitation that offers physical, emotional, and spiritual1 health to troubled teens.

Every Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher has graduated from the world-renowned 40-hour Teacher Training certification course. A course that has proven to deliver “significant results” according to Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Harvard University.

 

ABOUT OUR 40-HOUR Y.O.G.A. FOR YOUTH TEACHER TRAINING COURSE

Led by the acclaimed yoga activist, level 2 Master yoga teacher and trainer, Krishna Kaur Khalsa, E-RYT, the Y.O.G.A. for YouthTeacher Training program is one of the oldest and most distinguished youth yoga programs in the world. With more than 30 years of youth yoga instruction under her belt, the Y.O.G.A. for Youth Founder and Chairman is regarded as one of the top 25 master yoga instructors on the planet.

 

This training teaches some of the most effective approaches to teaching time-honored yoga asanas and kriyas to youth. The main area of focus is on giving these teachers tools to present ancient yogic principals in a language that youth can understand and apply to their daily lives. An emphasis is placed on specialized programming for under-served, “at-risk” and traumatized youth populations.

The Y.O.G.A. for Youth curriculum addresses major components associated with diminishing fear, the root cause of anger, and increasing a belief in their own greatness. We are committed to alleviating violence, vandalism, substance abuse, obesity, eating disorders, teen pregnancy, sexual assault, bullying, suicide, poor grades and other self defeating behaviors that are prevalent among today’s youth.

 

PICTURES FROM OUR LA TEACHER TRAINING 2018 (next one coming in August 2019!)

 

IMPACT OF Y.O.G.A. FOR YOUTH ON CERTIFIED Y.O.G.A. FOR YOUTH TEACHERS:

YOGA for Youth provided me with a fast, compassionate, emotionally sensitive and effective way to empower youth to find their own inner strength and guru. The program works in a variety of settings (schools, enrichment programs, social skills groups and one-on-one work. Amy Kayden, MA, Psy D

Y.O.G.A. for Youth teacher training program is first and foremost a tool for self-development and expansion. It provides us the tools to be of service to inspire and give hope to the leaders of the next generation. Giancarlo Marcaccini

Krishna Kaurs’ Y.O.G.A. for Youth training was an amazing experience for me. Upon completion, I felt as prepared as I could possibly be to teach young people. I feel totally supported by the YOGA for Youth organization, and with all of the teaching materials, to go out there and teach! The practical training was very thorough and true to life, with wonderful feedback and compassionate yet direct critique. It attracted a very diverse and experienced group of people, whom I learned so much from… Krishna Kaur brought in other teachers from different areas of the country to share their experiences and train us. It’s an honor to be a part of this awesome organization! Kristin Faivre

The YOGA for Y.O.U.T.H teacher training was a game changer for me. It provided me with a clear understanding of how the science of yoga and meditation can be presented in a simple yet effective way so that students can still reap the benefits of the teachings. I not only gained more knowledge and wisdom as Kundalini teacher but as a parent as well! Thank you Krishna Kaur and Yoga for Y.O.U.T.H.! Veronica Fortunati-Balibrera

 

Y.O.G.A. for Youth was designed to foster and develop:

  1. HEALTH: preventative yoga practices help to ameliorate obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, attention deficit disorder, asthma, heart conditions, and lung problems that plague inner-city communities;
  2. ANGER AND STRESS MANAGEMENT: yoga and meditation is a means of achieving physical vitality, relaxation, as well as anger and stress management;
  3. LEADERSHIP SKILLS: yoga and meditation leads to self-knowledge, an important precursor to leadership ability in youth;
  4. RELATIONSHIPS: Y.O.G.A. for Youth program components foster and develop responsible, healthy relationships with peers, parents, and teachers;
  5. TOLERANCE: yoga and meditation help build a strong inner foundation, which leads to tolerance of others and self-worth;
  6. FAMILY: Y.O.G.A. for Youth allows parents and family members to participate with teenagers in special workshops which result in a strong family foundation;
  7. COLLABORATIONS: partnering with other community-based organizations and institutions creates a solid support system for at-risk youth, and allows for successful re-entry of incarcerated youth into the community.

Currently on a monthly basis, Y.O.G.A. for Youth offers Yoga and meditation classes to over 750 students in inner-city schools.   The participants consist mainly of African-American and Hispanic youth. Y.O.G.A. for Youth also provides yoga and meditation classes at various after school and private facilities, as well as detention camps and facilities that provide services for teens with mental and health related issues as well as HIV/AIDS.

 

Y.O.G.A. FOR YOUTH “SPARKS” WNBA MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY

 

For information on classes, workshops and programs for your organization, as well Y.O.G.A. for Youth Teacher Trainings., please contact Nicole Fey, Y.O.G.A. for Youth Program & Operations Manager

nicole@yogaforyouth.org

865-548-8208