Project: "Yoga Off the Mat"
Yoga teacher trainers at Kosha Yoga Shala are active in community outreach.
As part of their 200-hour teacher training education, they are required to volunteer their time out in the local community bridging the tools of yoga and self-awareness with effective community action.
Our project for 2022 is a collaboration with Telemark Røde Kors Fellesverket - aktivitetshus for ungdom i Skien. During the course of 5 months, the yoga teacher trainers at Kosha Yoga Shala yoga will teach yoga and mindfulness practices to youth at Fellesverket. These classes are offered on a drop-in basis and free to youth in Grenland from ages 15-25. We want to offer youth tools to cope with the stressors in their lives and give them space to breathe.
Modern life puts a great deal of pressure on youth. They have to deal with the ever-increasing stress of school, technology, and social demands. Studies show that one in 14 children and young people (4 -17 years) experience an anxiety disorder. And that was BEFORE COVID-19!
Yoga and Mindfulness practices have an impact in decreasing symptoms of anxiety – and it is also known that physical exercise and meditation practices are beneficial to calm the mind and boost neurotransmitters to release hormones that help us feel good.