I am currently working on a yoga program for children and adolescents in challenging life situations.
Yoga is a tool for resilient living. Through the practice of silence and conscious relaxation children recognize the connection between their bodies, minds and breath. Simple breathing exercises and five basic postures (forward bends, backward bends, sideways bends, twists and balances) help students learn to accept and adapt with Grace.
(1) maintaining good relationships with close family members, friends and others; (2) to avoid seeing crises or stressful events as unbearable problems; (3) to accept circumstances that cannot be changed; (4) to develop realistic goals and move towards them; (5) to take decisive actions in adverse situations; (6) to look for opportunities of self-discovery after a struggle with loss; (7) developing self-confidence; (8) to keep a long-term perspective and consider the stressful event in a broader context; (9) to maintain a hopeful outlook, expecting good things and visualizing what is wished; (10) to take care of one's mind and body, exercising regularly, paying attention to one's own needs and feelings and engaging in relaxing activities that one enjoys. Learning from the past and maintaining flexibility and balance in life are also cited.