Mindfulness Practices For Youth

The present moment is filled with joy and happiness.
If you are attentive, you will see it.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Pressure to perform well in school, problems within the family and with friends, financial struggles, and uncertainties about the future are some of the many challenges that make the life of a young person notoriously stressful.

Niroga teaches Transformative Live Skills (TLS) as a set of mindfulness practices that have proven to effectively lower stress, while increasing concentration, empathy, emotional intelligence, self-esteem, and memory. These practices train the mind to be present, relaxed and open, ready and responsive to the ever-changing experience of one’s life, enabling us to thrive!

Our classes, workshops, and programs for youth empower people between the ages of 16 and 24 to gain and maintain more balanced physical, mental and emotional health. As young people get in touch with the direct knowledge of how to manage their health and states of mind, they become motivated to not only pursue their dreams but also to put their many talents to the service of their communities.


Niroga is committed to making retreats, workshops, and programs accessible to all who wish to attend. In order to do this, we rely on the generosity of individuals to make tax-deductible donations. If you wish, you can make a donation online now. Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Upcoming Opportunities for Youth (16-24 years old)
Transformative Mentoring Program Open House   Sunday, January 26 2014
Transformative Mentoring Program for Youth   February - August 2014
Community Yoga Classes   Ongoing at Niroga Yoga Studio and Niroga Institute


Event Details

Transformative Mentoring Program for Youth (16-24)

Niroga’s Transformative Mentoring Program is a six-month mindfulness program designed to empower young people to connect with their inner strength and begin to address some of the key challenges facing the bay area, including violence reduction, improved graduation rates, bullying prevention, discrimination and intolerance.

Through community gatherings, field trips and a connection with a caring adult, youth will learn about the effects of stress and trauma on the mind and body. Grounded in principles of mindfulness, meditation and yoga, these activities will enable mentors and mentees to learn concrete skills to increase self-awareness, lower stress and begin to lay the foundation of internal and external change.

In addition, using restorative practices such as the circle process, we will engage in meaningful conversations about how stress and trauma affect our relationships and communities, with the objective of gaining a renewed understanding of how mindfulness and personal transformation can help advance our collective wellbeing.

» For more information on our program & to apply

Come learn more about the program and to meet our staff in person, at our open house event.
Sunday, January 26 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Niroga Yoga Studio in Berkeley.


Community Yoga Classes

Enjoy weekly yoga classes taught by young adults who understand the challenges of being a young person living in the Bay Area. All classes are either free or $5, work trade arrangements are available if needed. Following is a list of classes, please be sure to check back soon, as we are constantly adding new classes:

Community Yoga
Mondays with Lauren Wingate
Wednesdays with Jamilah Bradshaw
Both classes are from 7:00-8:30pm.
Location: 111 Fairmount Ave, Oakland CA
Both teachers are graduates of Niroga's Teacher Training Program.
The class takes place in the chapel, look for the Niroga sign outside.


Yoga for Youth (ages 13-24)
Taught by Gibran McDonald Thursdays,
Location: Yogalayam


These 3 classes are offered by donation - no one is turned away.