Yoga poses integrate the mind and body through synchronized breath and movement. Even the most fundamental yoga poses fuel and focus the mind, soothe and balance the nervous system, and integrate, calm and energize the body. Doing yoga releases tension and stress, activates coordination and awareness and stimulates circulation.

Mindful Breathing

Breathing is the primary connection to our vitality or life force. Awareness of breath brings the mind into the body and helps us have access to the intelligence of the body. It slows us down and helps us become more present. Being present brings our attention into the here and now, which is an important condition for self-regulation, communication and learning. Conscious breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which calms the body-mind, balances the nervous system and increases intellectual and social receptivity and well-being.

Expressive Arts

Expressive arts is a powerful way to build a relationship with one’s inner world. Students can express their thoughts and emotions in a way that is safe for them, understanding that they need not share this information with others unless they want to. It also helps access the lower brain (emotional states and impulses) and connect them to the higher brain. The expressive arts is an excellent tool for increasing self-awareness and promoting self-regulation.

Sharing Circle

Sharing one’s thoughts, feelings and experience in a safe environment is a way to build healthy relationships and be mirrored and seen by peers and adults. Circle time fosters group cohesiveness where often there is divisiveness and competition. Sharing also helps participants develop
a narrative and words for how they are feeling; this can increase brain connectivity and integration in the body and mind.

*Resource from: YogaEd. Mind-Body Resources for working with those at-risk