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Alix2010-07-05 08:48:57 +0000 #1
I couldn't decide the best place for this question so I'll just toss it out there and hope you all can give me some guidance.

I am putting together a proposal for my workplace to start a Relaxation therapy group with the adolescents I work with. I work with teens who are for whatever reason struggling with life. It could be drug issues, trouble with their parents, social phobia, abuse etc etc. The upshot is, these kids are terribly stressed and many are completely out of touch with their bodies. I would like to put together a series of lessons (about 20) that are about one hour each. I need to cover physical relaxation, breathing and some very basic meditation. Keep in mind that some of these kids have lost touch with their bodies in an attempt to stay sane, so I can't take them too deep.

I realize this is a pretty broad topic so if you have questions about one particular focus please throw them out there. I need all the help I can get.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 08:59:06 +0000 #2
What exactly is your question?
Alix2010-07-05 08:59:42 +0000 #3
Sorry. How about, can anyone suggest some asanas (2 or 3 per lesson) that I can incorporate into relaxation sessions with adolescents?

I am putting together several one hour "lessons" (20 or so) and I need to gradually deepen their experience through these lessons. I'd like to start this way:

Breath

Body Awareness

Strength

Meditation

Relaxation

So, about 4 lessons in each subsection.

Am I being too overzealous considering the population I'm working with and the time frame I'm allotted?
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 09:11:27 +0000 #4
I don't think it's OVER zealous. I think it's OVER lapping.

Four sessions in each of the five sections?

One hour per session. That's fine. Not ideal but fine.

The issue for me would be how do you break out something like "breath" which is relevant in the entire body of asana? These things all come in a robust practice, no?

In the section on meditation obviously you can teach some simple meditations and do so for the hour four times. That should be enough to reinforce the points of emphasis and give the student some tools for use on their own.

In Relaxation you might consider four restorative classes.

Breath might focus on working toward simple pranayama.

Strength could be achived with prep work using props though you might not have access to such things.

I think the question is too broad for me, though it might be perfect for you
Madelaine heinemann2010-07-05 09:52:25 +0000 #5
hi, This is very broad so I will offer a couple of suggestions, that my troubled adolescent students in Tottenham London, love.

Meditation practice:

Ask them to close their eyes, and keep them closed for the practice.

Place a Satsuma or Mandarin in their hands (something easy to peel), do not tell them what it is.

Ask them to feel the form ,texture, heat, weight (expand as much as seems appropriate).

smell the object.............

Slowly take its covering off, feel the textures and remain aware of all sensations in your hands as you do this, listen to the sound.

It is edible so very slowly put some in your mouth, explore the taste, texture etc, the sound you make as you eat.

After they have eaten a couple of segments, ask them to open their eyes and look at the object, colour, shape, light and shade.

Eat and enjoy, allowing yourself to feel its nutrients and energy becoming part of you.

Rotation of conciousness, simple but very effective.

Walking meditation, rotating through the senses, feeling the texture, tempreture, the balance moving from heel to toe, explore each part of your foot as it comes in contact with the ground.

Focus on sounds around, when you become awre of sounds, focus on smells, when you are aware of smells, focus on tastes, then become aware of sight.

My young students seem to enjoy practicies which allow them to experience their everyday environment in an different way. Those attracted to drugs seem to like these practices especially, natural high!

Namase Madelaine

good luck
Alix2010-07-05 11:06:21 +0000 #6
Madelaine, those are both useful and more what I am looking for. Thank you!

I'm having difficulty describing what I want to do here and the limitations I am faced with. The fact that I have to put all of this into writing and submit it to my boss further compounds my difficulty. Any more help you can offer is gratefully received.

What ages do you work with?

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