Cultivating Courageous Kids: Yoga & Mindfulness for Young People
Cultivating Courageous Kids: Yoga & Mindfulness for Young People with Dr. Ryan Allen of Lumin Therapy, LLC Our children are crying out for help. Unfortunately, as parents and providers, caregivers and caretakers, we’re not always equipped to meet the needs of those we love, care for, and serve. The good news is we can change this sad reality. We can learn to be the rock our kids need us to be, the calm, steady nervous system for them to plug into, the role models for resiliency they need to not just survive, but thrive in this dynamic, ever-evolving landscape. The challenges young people face are profound. Our response needs to be even bigger. Our time together in this workshop will focus on why things are the way they are, how we can become trauma-informed and create trauma-informed spaces, and strategies we can use for better self-care to avoid compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization, as well mind-body skills for emotional regulation that we can utilize with young people. This workshop is designed for teachers, childcare providers, counselors, parents, or anyone else who is interested in practicing mindfulness, in finding a better way to serve those who need our help the most, and in rediscovering the passion and purpose that inspires us to love and care for our most vulnerable. As a result of meaningful engagement with session material and practice, participants will be able to— 1. Develop greater awareness of the emotional backpacks our children carry around; 2. Enhance capability to assess their personal mind/body connection; 3. Expand capacity to offer sensory interventions to address problematic behaviors, including breathing exercises and chair/desk yoga; and 4. Facilitate more meaningful conversations about trauma and self-care. We will spend most of the first three hours of our time together covering content and practicing sensory interventions. Our final hour, though, will be wholly devoted to an embodied practice of Yoga Nidra so that participants can experience first-hand a felt sense of the mind/body connection and how relaxation and ‘recovery’ sessions can be verbally facilitated with a variety of populations. Materials Needed: Note-taking materials (if you like), comfortable clothes for practice, and a yoga mat (if you have one). Attend one workshop or all three! Purchase individual workshops or the 3-Workshop Pass and we will take care of the rest to ensure you're registered for all three! Workshop Investment: $45 3-Workshop Pass: $115 *All workshop fees are final sale and may not be refunded. _______ Dr. Ryan Allen is an Associate Professor of English and Writing and the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages at Briar Cliff University. Dr. Allen also serves as a nonfiction and Siouxland editor for The Briar Cliff Review. He received his BA in English Literature from Western Kentucky University and his MA and PhD in Creative Writing from The University of South Dakota. Dr. Allen’s work has appeared in a variety of magazines, alt-weekly’s, and academic journals, like Under the Sun, The Louisville Review, South Dakota Review, 605 Magazine, LEO Magazine, and A Prairie Journal, to name a few. Dr. Allen is also co-owner of Lumin Therapy, LLC, which promotes the integration of the mind, body, and spirit through the practice of yoga and mindfulness with special populations. As a yoga teacher, Dr. Allen primarily teaches young children and those suffering from traumatic stress in addition to the mentoring and professional development work he’s engaged in with various schools, businesses and organizations. He’s a certified trauma practitioner through the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, ERYT200, a registered children’s yoga teacher (RCYT95) and holds specialized certifications in Chair and Gentle Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Mindful Resiliency for Trauma Recovery. He lives in Sioux City, Iowa with his wife, three kids, and dog.