Mindfulness and meditation classes, programs and workshops for kids and adults to help cultivate physical, mental and emotional well being
Meditation for Teens
Teens are now growing up in a hyperkinetic environment – overloaded by external stimulation and constantly bombarded with the distraction of technology from tv, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, gaming and other devices.
In addition, with the expectation and pressure to multitask, learn high volumes of information and perform at the mind and body’s maximum capacity for long periods of time (e.g. school then sport), the brain’s neural pathways can become scrambled, making it difficult to focus and concentrate on a single task.
Just being constantly busy can cause excessive stress on our minds and bodies and excessive thinking about the past and the future can cause anxiety and depression. Recent studies have shown that one in seven kids aged between 4 and 17 now has a diagnosed mental illness, the rate of suicide in adolescents has increased by 30% over the last 10 years and they are three times as likely to be injured or killed in an accident.
Significant neurological changes in the teenage brain may result in things like:
Higher motivation to try new things, take greater risks and look for excitement, whilst focusing on the pros rather than the cons of these activities.
Feelings of boredom, thrill seeking and the constant need for stimulation due to lower dopamine levels.
Drive for social connection, making new friends and spending more time with them than family.
Heightened emotions, e.g. impulsive, moody, intense, reactive.
Expanded sense of consciousness – the need to question and explore rather than just accept what adults tell them.
The good news is, how teens choose to focus their attention throughout this period plays an important part in the growth of their brains and overall physical, mental and emotional well being. Using Mindfulness Meditation they can learn to guide their bodies and minds into a state of rest and stillness (homeostasis) to promote optimal health, performance and if necessary, healing.
4 Week Meditation for Teens Program:
During our 4 week Meditation for Teens Program (recommended for ages 13 to 15) we cover a range of topics and practices to help manage stress and anxiety as well as cultivate focus and concentration:
Body awareness and muscle relaxation
The stress response and emotional awareness
Awareness of thoughts
Each week we talk about the science and purpose of these functions and how to be more aware and mindful of them to cultivate physical, mental and emotional well being, not just for ourselves but for those around us too.
We integrate each topic with a breathing exercise, relaxation technique and meditation, as well as an object, activity or worksheet in their manuals, to integrate and reinforce what they have learnt.
Includes all equipment, a manual/workbook, a copy of Dan Siegel's Brainstorm and a DIY journal they get to pain and decorate to take home after week four.
Please see the registration form below for the class schedule and availability for 2018 and to secure a place for your teen please complete the online registration form below or download our Registration Form and email it to us.