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Yoga For Youth

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If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
– Gandhi

Ok, this blog post is for two different projects that share a name and are working essentially towards the same thing; teaching yoga to young people, giving them skills to support their vibrancy, strength and integration.

The first Yoga For Youth project has been around for 10 years. Based in Los Angeles county, the program teaches yoga to participants in detention camps and gives them skills like focus, calming techniques, meditation and of course, physical well-being. Using yoga as both a therapy and a preventative measure, the program is volunteer run and widely supported throughout California and through the help of the NEA. Way to go!! This is true rehabilitation. Enough with the incarceration mentality, let’s make yoga (union) happen for these people who are navigating their way through incredibly challenging life circumstances.

The next Yoga For Youth project was started two years ago in Saskatoon, Canada by Ryan Leier of One Yoga. YFY is a non-profit organization which recruits, trains and places yoga instructors in public schools and builds awareness and support for yoga for youth within the community. Working within the public school system and with kids from many different socio-economic backgrounds YFY is teaching valuable life lessons (and lessons for living) that are essential for folks of any age as they develop into mature and integrated people.

Listen to the CBC Radio profile on Saskatoon YFY:

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Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.

– Pablo Picasso

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