Iona M. Smith, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health

Navigating Teens Skillfully Into Adulthood – A Kripalu Yoga Approach The Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) evidence based curriculum has been specifically designed to help students develop self-awareness and self-regulatory skills necessary to navigate through the challenges of adolescence and into adulthood. In this session, Janna Delgado and Iona Smith (Program Leaders for Kripalu Yoga in the Schools) will present the basic science behind why yoga works, reveal the pedagogy behind the KYIS curriculum, share what Kripalu has learned about the impact of yoga on teens through scientific research and offer a sampling of KYIS experiential activities.

Abena Brown-Elhillali, Ph.D., Kennedy Krieger Institute

Yoga-Based Psychotherapy for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma and Neglect Clinicians at the Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute developed a protocol for the Yoga-Based Psychotherapy Group (YBPG) to address deficits in self-regulatory capacities using principles from yoga and movement therapy. This 14 week trauma-informed group intervention utilizes yoga and movement techniques with boys and girls, ages 8-12, to increase self-awareness, promote improved self-regulation, self-esteem and pro-social behaviors. This presentation will introduce YBPG to participants and present preliminary outcomes and study results. Presentation is experiential and will include lecture, practice exercises and discussion.

Melissa J. Kleinman, NYU Langone Medical Center and Hopeful Hearts Child and Family Therapy & Lauren Rubenstein, Go Give Yoga and Private Practice

Children, Trauma, and Exposure to Violence: The Use of Yoga and Mindfulness as Healing Modalities In the past decade, a growing body of research has demonstrated that exposure to violence drastically affects children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. We have also learned a great deal about the many complimentary interventions and healing modalities that can help children build the skills necessary to combat these negative effects and build healthy relationships. Through the use of didactic presentation, experiential learning and case presentation this workshop will focus on building techniques and skills for working with this challenging, yet rewarding population. Participants will emerge with the ability to integrate play, yoga and meditation into their practice with children and families who have experienced trauma.

Chelsea Roff, Yoga for Eating Disorders

Community Education: Yoga for Eating Disorders Learn how the practice of yoga can be used to help adolescents develop a healthier relationship with food and their bodies. Many young people come to yoga hoping to change or fix their bodies, only to find that no matter how many down-dogs they do… they’re still dissatisfied with the image in the mirror. In this workshop, you’ll learn specific, yoga-derived practices for tracking hunger and fullness signals, coping with difficult emotions, and cultivating a sense of “home” in one’s own skin. Whether you’re a teacher who wants to learn to better support your students, a therapist wanting to integrate yoga into treatment, or you struggle with food and body issues yourself, this workshop provides an insider’s perspective on how yoga can be used to help– rather than hinder– healing from an eating disorder.

Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Ph.D., Harvard

An Overview of Scientific Research on Yoga in Children and Adolescents The prevalence of yoga practice and of scientific biomedical research on its benefits is predominantly in adults.  However, surveys have revealed a significant practice of yoga by children and adolescents and a growing scientific research literature evaluating yoga practice in this population.  This presentation will describe the prevalence and applicability of yoga for youth, present the scientific rationale for its use in this population, and review the body of scientific evidence evaluating the application of yoga in children and adolescents and the reported benefits in both prevention and health maintenance and in clinical therapeutic intervention for medical and psychological disorders.


9-10a: Breakout Session 1: Navigating Teens Skillfully Into Adulthood – A Kripalu Yoga Approach

10:15-11:15a: Breakout Session 2: Yoga-Based Psychotherapy for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma and Neglect

11:30a-12:30p: Breakout Session 3: Children, Trauma, and Exposure to Violence: The Use of Yoga and Mindfulness as Healing Modalities

2:15-3:15p: Breakout Session 4: Community Education: Yoga for Eating Disorders

3:30-4:30p: Breakout Session 5: An Overview of Scientific Research on Yoga in Children and Adolescents

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