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Breathing Exercises Could Help Teens Be Less Impulsive

Posted: 07/14/2013 on The Huffington Post Breathing doesn’t just relieve stress — a new study suggests it can help teens control impulsive behavior. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, found that teens who went through a four-week program where they learned about maintaining healthy bodies, minds…

Yoga Could Boost Prisoners’ Mental Health

Yoga Could Boost Prisoners’ Mental Health

Posted: 07/15/2013 on The Huffington Post Yoga: the secret to less-stressed, better-behaved prisoners? A new study by researchers from Oxford University, King’s College London, the University of Surrey and Radboud University Nijmegen may suggest so. The findings, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, show…

Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Incarcerated Youth: A Mixed Method Pilot Study

Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Incarcerated Youth: A Mixed Method Pilot Study

Sam Himelstein Engaging the Moment, LLC The Mind Body Awareness Program Oakland, CA, USA Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Incarcerated Youth: A Mixed Method Pilot Study investigated the effects of an 8-week mindfulness-based substance use intervention on self-reported impulsiveness, perceived drug risk, and healthy self-regulation…

Pilot Studies of a Yoga Model for Reducing Perceived Stress and Improving Self-Control in Vulnerable Youth

Pilot Studies of a Yoga Model for Reducing Perceived Stress and Improving Self-Control in Vulnerable Youth

Two pilot studies demonstrate that a comprehensive multimodality intervention of Transformative Life Skills (TLS) consisting of Yoga poses (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dhyana) can reduce perceived stress and increase self control and self-awareness in at-risk and incarcerated youth. Study by R. Ramadoss, PhD and B.K.…

Journal of Yoga Services, First Issue

Journal of Yoga Services, First Issue

The mission of the Journal of Yoga Service is to help build a professional community for members and organizations bringing yoga to underserved and vulnerable populations and to provide a forum for discussion, sharing of educational information, inspiration, and peer support. Future editions of the…

Breathing And Your Brain (Psychology Today)

Breathing And Your Brain (Psychology Today)

Deep breathing could be the most powerful brain-management tool we have. Published on July 7, 2013 by David DiSalvo in Neuronarrative Posted on Psychology Today   The advice to “just breathe” when you’re stressed may be a cliché of Godzilla-sized proportions, but that doesn’t make…

MBA Project’s Mindfulness Training for Incarcerated Youth Yields Effective Results

MBA Project’s Mindfulness Training for Incarcerated Youth Yields Effective Results

Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland (CHRCO) referred more than 150 adolescents in Alameda County’s juvenile hall and long-term detention camp to MBA’s meditation program. MBA evaluated 92 teenagers for their study. After completing the program, participants demonstrated statistically significant reductions in perceived stress, anxiety,…

In a recent survey of male youth in one of our custody programs, 80% said they tend to feel stressed “a lot of the time”.  100% of participants said they feel mentally/emotionally better after yoga class, 60% said they do some meditation outside of class time, and 80% said they do some physical yoga outside of class time throughout their week.  Program benefits sited by participants included gaining support around: stress, sleeping, anger, concentration, relaxation, anxiety, depression, health, reactivity, flexibility, and strength.

– Custody Program Survey

Ted Talk: Teaching the ABCs of Attention, Balance and Compassion: Susan Kaiser Greenland

Founder of the Inner Kids program, Susan Kaiser Greenland adapted adult meditation practices for kids, seeing a marked improvement in their capacity to focus, calm themselves, and manage stress. She is also the author of The Mindful Child.

Yoga and Post-traumatic Stress – Interview with Bessel van der Kolk

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He has pioneered the use of Yoga as a therapy that is helping these individuals to work through their PTSD and regain a sense of mastery. He…

Yoga as a Complimentary Treatment for Chronic PTSD

This randomized controlled study found a short-term yoga program was associated with reduced trauma symptoms in women with PTSD. Traditional trauma therapies have faced challenges in the treatment of childhood onset chronic trauma and its associated symptoms of affect dysregulation, heightened physiological states, somatic problems,…

Ted Talk by Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

“It is imperative to create opportunities for children so that we can grow up to blow you away.”

The Heartful Dodger, Tricycle

The Heartful Dodger, Tricycle

A charismatic ex-con lures at-risk kids away from the violence. By Alix Sharkey One bitter night, in the rough end of New Haven, Connecticut, fifteen-year-old Vinny Ferraro and his friends were hanging out as usual by the projects, near the corner where Ferraro sold drugs—mostly…

Yoga and Mindfulness for Youth

Yoga and Mindfulness for Youth

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Kids feels a sense of purposefulness when they are rooted in a world that makes sense.  It makes sense to follow the rules if you feel the authority that makes the rules has your interests at heart.  It makes sense to respect your elders if you see them as powerful, well-intentioned, in charge of the world in which you live, and benevolent toward you.  It makes sense to work hard if you see hard work rewarded.  It makes sense to be loving if you know what it feels like to be loved. – James Garbarino

Peace on the Inside, Yoga Journal

For kids in the juvenile justice system, yoga and meditation programs offer the rare and life-changing opportunity to find calm and comfort within. By Keith Kachtick and Diane Anderson Seventeen-year-old J.D. Alfonzo has been locked up more than once. Most recently, it was for a…