Mindfulness for Teens:
School, Exams & Social Media
MINDFULNESS & YOGA FOR TEENS
Studies have proven that regular mindfulness or yoga practice actively changes the brain’s structure to be calmer and more resilient all on its own, actively reducing stress around exams.
Mindfulness meditation is the skill of paying conscious attention to the present moment, often using the breath, without judgement and with kindness to ourselves. Yoga uses conscious connection of mind, body and breath to find a stiller, calmer mind. Both practices teach us the ability to accept and sit with difficult feelings in the same way that we can with happy ones. With regular practice over a number of weeks, our brain can learn that it is ok to be in the present moment, whether that moment is nice or unpleasant, without panicking about the impact on the next goalpost or exam.
No More Shoulds has designed practices especially for teenagers experiencing stress at school and in exam terms. In a small, supportive and confidential group, we learn some basic breath meditation and yoga techniques and over time build a set of habits for resilience and calm during school life, social media pressure and exams.
Each session includes learning a practical meditation technique to practice, as well as a short yoga sequence, followed by group chat exploring a different element of our relationship with stress, our thoughts and feelings, and a lovely relaxation session at the end.
Hot drinks and biscuits included every week.
The sessions cover the following topics and themes:
- What are we missing? Automatic pilot & social media
- Checking in with now: Body scans and breathing
- What’s happening with your thoughts?
- Building an action plan for school and exams
DATES & LOCATIONS
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Location arranged per course, either Standlake, Eynsham or South Leigh according to demand.
£60 per half-term which includes:
- 6 x hour-long sessions in a small, safe group of maximum 4
- All course materials, including a bank of guided meditations to take away
- Support between sessions, including a private facilitated Whatsapp group
- Development of a personal action plan for everyone
- Hot drinks each week