Fostering wellness, resilience, and emotional balance in teens
When: August 19-23, 2019
Monday-Friday afternoons, 1:00-4:30pm
Where: County Farm Park in Ann Arbor, MI
(On Platt Rd off Washtenaw Ave)
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ABOUT THIS CAMP:
This is a small, local, individualized program specifically designed to enhance physical and emotional wellness in teens. It takes place in a grassy clearing nestled among the trees in the beautiful County Farm Park.
Yoga, a mind-body practice that combines breath awareness with flowing movement between postures that strengthen, stretch, and heal the body, is widely practiced around the world to achieve optimum health and wellness. Yoga is a calming, grounding practice; it has a soothing effect on the nervous system, which enhances brain and immune system functioning. Yoga and mindfulness together form a powerful toolkit for adolescents, who face a range of unique challenges every day. These practices empower youth to find calm amidst the stress of modern life, respond to their emotions in a positive way, and feel strong and confident in their own skin.
At this camp, we focus on providing each participant with a range of powerful techniques that promote mental, emotional, and physical well-being… and to keep everyone actively involved, we do this in a fun and engaging way! With yoga and mindfulness as its foundation, the age-appropriate curriculum also includes group activities, journaling, discussions, creativity, and games. Our goal is for campers to finish the week feeling rejuvenated, connected, confident, and empowered with tools for their own health and happiness.
Mindfulness can be defined as the practice of paying attention to the present moment non-judgmentally and with openness and curiosity… or keeping your mind and your body in the same place at the same time! In today’s fast-paced world, this is a challenge; research shows that our busy minds increasingly spend more time worrying about the past or the future than experiencing life as it passes. Unfortunately, this is linked to anxiety, depression, trouble focusing, burn-out, sleep problems, reduced immunity, and more. Mindfulness is our buffer against these unhealthy outcomes; it shows us how to slow down and truly experience each moment, while noticing and appreciating the beauty in our surroundings. In those who practice it regularly, it fosters resilience, patience, focus, compassion, better sleep, better relationships, and overall well-being. (Note: these results are not just based on subjective experience, but on years of scientific research in neuroscience, psychology, and medicine.)
There has been a strong movement in recent years to teach mindfulness to children and youth. Kids face increasing academic and social pressures to perform – from striving for perfect test scores to trying to look “cool” on social media 24/7. It’s no wonder that researchers are finding increasing levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and ADHD among children. Current research findings on mindfulness with children show that with continued practice of mindfulness techniques, kids exhibit: increased sense of calm, decreased stress and anxiety, better emotional regulation, better focus and concentration, increased impulse control, increased self-awareness, increased compassion toward others, and even higher test scores. In other words, it is a tool with myriad benefits that children can use as they navigate through today’s world.