bringing yoga and wellness practices
to teenage girls
The Body Love Yoga Project is an afterschool program for middle and high school young women (grades 6-12) to build a healthy sense of self, community and belonging through yoga and art.
Expressive arts, journaling, guided discussion, breathing exercises and meditation techniques are used to support this work and empower girls with tools they can use during everyday situations at school, with family members and with friends.
The Body Love Yoga Project runs multiple 6-8 week series throughout the school year.
The Body Love Yoga Project provides all the tools you need to successfully participate in The Body Love Yoga Project, including a mat, art supplies, journals and other props.
The Body Love Yoga Project facilitators are committed to empowering young women to understand and trust their bodies and learn how to listen to their hearts. These young women learn valuable lessons they can apply on and off of their yoga mat.
Our classes are taught by positive, inspiring and specially-trained adult facilitators to teach middle and high school girls about goal-setting, problem-solving and communication. We teach a flowing style yoga class which allows students to orchestrate breath and movement. We find this approach relaxes the mind and allows participants to focus on being in their bodies. We teach from a place of non-judgment and compassion.
Facilitators begin each class with group introductions and a daily theme related to building self-confidence, self-trust, cultivating a positive mental attitude, healthy relationships, dealing with stress, goal exploration and exercising. Classes end with guided relaxation. We’ve built in plenty of time for questions and dialogue with their peers and facilitators.
The first day I stepped into my Body Love Yoga class was an eye-opener, to say the least. I was so nervous. It was such a small group but the angst was there because I knew no one. After that one simple session, I anticipated that Thursday for weeks and every Thursday after. Yoga to an average person might just seem like doing funny positions and inhaling and exhaling, but it's more than that. It's literally a way of life. You can incorporate yoga into everything and Body Love Yoga, taught me that. It taught me breathing exercises, ways to de-stress at home, and how to get in touch with myself. I would leave the session with a completely different energy than I had entered with and I loved it. I made new friends, people I wouldn't even have the confidence to speak to outside of the session. They opened up to me and I opened up to them so naturally. Taking Body Love Yoga has allowed me to appreciate and be in touch with myself and that's all I could ever ask for.
Meagan, BLYP Participant
This week at the body love yoga project we learned about self-care and self-love. If you are able to nourish yourself then you are better prepared to give to others in the same way. If you yourself are empty, you cannot give to the best of your ability and have the most impact on the world. During class, we learned how to give hand massages. Not only is this something you can do to yourself, but its another way to pamper someone else. We took turns practicing on each other which left us all feeling refreshed and nourished because we were able to experience the give to self-give to other cycle all in a short time period. This was helpful, and as cheesy as it sounds i think its a skill i will use a lot in my life. In yoga, your hands are very important. Not only are they a foundation but they are also a reflection of the heart, so it is important to not only symbolically but also physically take care of your hands are be mindful of them. That night, I massaged my own hands as I recalled the skills that I had learned in yoga class.
Bethany, 2016 BLYP Participant