Whenever we ask a child to reflect or modify their behaviour, or ask that they consider the consequences of their behavior, we assume they have the skills of interrupting a strong instinctive force that is at play within them. The force, in yoga language is called Abhinevesa, and it is a force associated with a state of ignorance. With regard to teens, this ignorance pertains to how a teen understands their self worth and value to society. Abhinevesa is the fear associated with needing to prove their worth, or to defend their identity (even though they are not sure of who they are). How this force plays out is absolutely unique to each child, but it is helpful to understand that this force is there and at play. Until this force is abated or interrupted, it is not possible for a teen to start feeling okay within themselves. (Hence the big problems they face with confidence and anxiety). Lack of clarity is expected and essential for a teen, and yet experiences that give certainty, confidence and a feeling that 'not knowing' is okay and appropriate, is a great way for them to settle down the emotional roller coaster.
To interrupt the force of abhinevesa, we must interrupt what the mind pays attention to; and we must also change the way the body is used. Rather than relating to the body as a place of pain or pleasure, yoga teaches the young practitioners how to examine the workings of their body; to explore how the body houses their organs; how the blood transports oxygen and how the glands change the chemical signals going on within their body and brain.
Sequences are used to give practical demonstration to the teens as to the affect that posture has on their emotions. Teens learn how to address feelings of depression and anxiety through working with their body and breath. The children have fun and gain confidene in their bodies.
This 8 week course is suitable for all children aged 12 to 15 years, both boys and girls. The course is part of our general timetable of classes that will continue to be offered in 2021. This term is a great beginning point for children who have not tried yoga before. The course commences on Monday 19 October and is $99. Each class is 90 minutes long and starts at 4.00pm. To book a place for your teen click here. Maximum of 12 places available. The teacher Polly Realf is a higly qualified yoga teacher with many years of experience. Polly is also a qualified social worker who holds a current Blue Card.
Yoga is the lay persons neuroscience - Yogis have known for centuries that there are layers of mental activity that can be harnessed and directed. When attention becomes concentration and concentration establishes a pause between the rise and fall of thoughts, we arrive into a state known as meditation. The interconnections between the layers of consciousness create the conditions for wisdom.. it arises in the pause, in the interruption of habitual thought.
“As soon as there is stopping, there is happiness. There is peace. When we stop like that, it looks as if nothing is happening, but in fact everything is happening. You are deeply established in the present moment, and you touch your cosmic body. You touch eternity. There is no more restlessness, no more seeking.” Thich Nhat Hanh