"I was trying so hard every day to keep myself up, wanting to be okay...." Watch how Brishana found resilience through yoga and paying it forward in her community as a Niroga-certified Yoga Teacher.
The latest book by renowned neuropsychiatrist Dan Siegel outlines the unique challenges of adolescent brain development. "Brainstorm" explores the science behind changes in a teenager's brain and how this impacts behavior and relationships. As we know, our inner experiences often impact our external environment.
Niroga will be piloting a trauma-informed Dynamic Mindfulness (DMind) Training with the Jersey City Public School District in two alternative schools with the students most challenged with emotion regulation.
One in three teenagers told the American Psychological Association that school is their biggest stressor. These teenagers also reported that stress is leading to depression. When school children experience stress, teachers absorb that stress. This is a powerful feedback loop that can be destructive and debilitating.
Independent researchers from the Prevention Research Center recently studied our Dynamic Mindfulness program. They analyzed data from over 1,000 students in three urban middle and elementary schools. The researchers found impressive improvements in academics, as well as social-emotional learning.
From the Director of the Health Center at a large urban high school: "Just got called down to the Principal's office to connect with a young person who was VERY agitated – his legs and hands were twitching, he was shaking, and his breathing was heavy. He was totally up for doing Dynamic Mindfulness... In just a few minutes, he went from melting down and being completely out of control, to calm and relaxed."