The Seacoast yoga community launchesn the Teen Yoga Network to make the benefits of yoga accessible to teens. Free classes are now available to teens ages 14 – 17 at over fifteen participating yoga studios.

TeensPeaceHandsThe Seacoast yoga community is launching the Teen Yoga Network to make the benefits of yoga accessible to teens. Free classes are available to teens ages 14 – 17 at fifteen participating yoga studios.

Spearheaded by Lisa Flynn, founder and director of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, the Teen Yoga Network was designed as a seva (service) project. She presented the idea to area yoga studios and teachers and the response was immediate.

“Teens are stressed, busy and often don't have a lot of funds,” Flynn says.  “And most yoga studios, including ours, typically cater to adults and/or kids, with teens sometimes falling through the cracks. As a yoga community, we are trying to make yoga more accessible to them. In doing so, our hope is that more teens will have the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of yoga, ultimately building resilience, self-esteem and the self-regulation skills essential to a positive adolescent experience and lifelong health and wellness. In the end, healthier teens means healthier adults and communities.”

Participating studios, including Awakening Grace Yoga, Balance Yoga Studio for Women, Bikram Yoga Portsmouth, ChildLight Yoga, My Om Whole Fitness, Peace Tree Yoga, Portsmouth Yoga Shala, Rasamaya Yoga, Sacred Movement Yoga, Salon by the Sea, Seacoast Power Yoga, Symmetry Yoga, 3 Bridges Yoga, Yoga on York, and Zev Yoga, invite teens between 14-17 years old to join an appropriate selection of their regularly scheduled adult classes at no charge. TYN (Teen Yoga Network) classes and related details will be noted on the schedule page of each studio’s website, and ChildLight Yoga will soon have dedicated Teen Yoga Network webpage posted, with links to participating studios.

To celebrate and encourage the growth of this initiative, ChildLight Yoga Studio in Dover, NH will be hosting two teen-focused specialty trainings in 2012 for those who wish to learn more about sharing yoga with adolescents: 

Yoga-for-teens-instructional-guideThe Yoga 4 Teens Teacher Training with Christy Brock Miele of San Juan Capistrano, CA, Founder of YogaMinded and Author of Yoga 4 Teens, An Instructor's Guide to Teaching Yoga to Teenagers, will be held this month from March 16-18. (Note to ChildLight Yoga Teachers! – Training is $50 off for all those who have previously completed a ChildLight Yoga Teacher Training when you register by March 8. Use coupon code: CLYDISCOUNT.)

As a part of this training weekend, area teens are invited to a FREE demo class with Brock Miele to be held on Saturday, March 17, 10:30 – 11:30am. Pre-registration for the free class is required. Email lisa@childlightyoga.com  

KarmaKidsLogoFrom November 2 – 4, 2012, ChildLight Yoga Studio will also host the Karma Kids Teen Yoga Teacher Training with Erin Wilson of New York City.

ChildLight Yoga, located at 453 Central Avenue in Dover, NH, provides evidence-based yoga education nationwide to children in schools and communities, and to professionals whose work supports the well-being of children. For more information about classes, trainings and the Teen Yoga Network, visit www.childlightyoga.com.

Media Contact or for Information about starting a Teen Yoga Network in your community:

Lisa Flynn
ChildLight Yoga & Yoga 4 Classrooms
453 Central Ave, Suite 103
Dover, NH 03820
Blog: www.thekidsyogaresource.com
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