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Yoga and Meditation for Teens and Tweens

How can meditation or yoga help your tween/teen? 

  • The movement of yoga creates confidence in oneself

  • Yoga improves flexibility and strength thus increasing range of motion and quality of life. 

  • Yoga, mindfulness, and meditation have the ability to change how your teen emotionally reacts to situations.

  • Mindful meditation can help ease stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain

  • Breathing helps one’s consciousness to be more focused

  • Yoga, mindfulness, and meditation help to calm the nervous system and improve social interactions.

  • Regular yoga or meditation practice may reduce levels of stress and body-wide inflammation. 

  • Yoga can mean more energy and brighter moods.

  • Yoga promotes better self-care.

  • Mediation can help counter the effects of anxiety

In Person

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Ms. Dooley has a very calming voice. The class environment is amazing. It is very easy for students to reach the perfect state of mind to fully take advantage of the meditation time. My son is definitely a lot calmer and I have noticed that rather than getting anxious, he sits and practices his breathing. I definitely recommend this class. I am also going to look into Ms. Dooley's yoga class.

Libia M.

This class has helped my daughter with her stress. Ms. Dooley is awesome! Thank you Ms. Dooley for all that you do!!

Irene M.

My 11 year old son has taken Nicole's yoga class for a while and loves it. It's such a highlight of his week. She is very accepting, encouraging, motivating and he finds the class very peaceful. He really enjoys it!

Lindsay P.

Online Classes Option

Online live classes via Zoom.  Your tween or teen can join from anywhere. A great option for your teen or tween so they can practice from the privacy of your own home. I help teens and tweens overcome stress and anxiety so be confident in themselves and make great choices for their lives.

Benefits

  • Online means your teen/tween doesn't need to worry about how they look or perform in class, they have privacy options.

  • Short classes so they can devote a short time regularly.

  • Regular classes build a routine and enjoyment for the time they invest in themselves.

  • Easy to connect from anywhere that has an internet connection.

  • Slow and mindful classes without getting hot or sweaty.

  • No need for any fancy workout wear, just comfortable clothing that allows for movement.  

Nicole Dooley in child pose with chime in foreground
Online
Nicole Dooley and tween in easy pose

In Person Option

I am teaming up with local schools to offer in person class either during school or after-school. These classes can be so beneficial for the students well being. 

Benefits

  • Short classes so students can get back to class or get home shortly after school.

  • In person session doesn't require any technology/internet connectivity or knowhow.

  • Slow and mindful classes without getting hot or sweaty.

  • No need for any fancy workout wear, just comfortable clothing that allows for movement. 

  • Easy for your tween/teen to attended as it at school

Please contact me for interest and a list of participating schools. If your school would like to arrange for this program please contact me. 

Contact me - 0475050870

I have a blue card (Working with Children) clearance card issued by the Queensland Government. 

In person
  • Live Online Class

    Yoga for stressed & anxious teens. Small, mindful classes. Boosts conf...


    Wed, Thu, Fri

    35 min

    18 Australian dollars
  • Live Online Class

    Meditation class for stressed & anxious tweens/teens. Focuses on breat...


    Wed, Fri

    Duration Varies

    18 Australian dollars

Studies and Research

"All exercise can boost your mood by lowering levels of stress hormones, increasing the production of feel-good chemicals known as endorphins, and bringing more oxygenated blood to your brain. But yoga may have additional ben­efits. It can affect mood by elevating levels of a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is associated with better mood and decreased anxiety."

Yoga for better mental health https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/yoga-for-better-mental-health

"There are many studies to support the use of intentions for a positive life such as  "Author Lynne McTaggart uses cutting-edge research conducted at Princeton, MIT, Stanford, and other universities and laboratories to reveal that intent is capable of profoundly affecting all aspects of our lives." https://hbr.org/2013/02/the-power-of-intent

"There are countless studies about the effect of meditation and mindfulness and "Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD sifted through nearly 19,000 meditation studies, they found 47 trials that addressed those issues and met their criteria for well-designed studies. Their findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that mindful meditation can help ease psychological stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain. Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, a psychiatrist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, says that mindfulness meditation makes perfect sense for treating anxiety. “People with anxiety have a problem dealing with distracting thoughts that have too much power,” she explains. “They can’t distinguish between a problem-solving thought and a nagging worry that has no benefit.”"

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-may-ease-anxiety-mental-stress-201401086967

 

"The available literature, more than a decade old, on the impact of yoga in children has shown that this mind–body practice has demonstrated positive effects in the control of anger, depression, stress, body dissatisfaction, and anxiety as well as improving positive emotion."  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2095496417300171

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