Mindfulness for Teens
In our competitive, achievement-oriented culture, the teenage years can be a challenging time. In this 6-week course, we systematically explore the practices of mindfulness and meditation in ways that are accessible to our teen participants. These powerful practices have shown to help teenagers bring down stress levels, increase self-awareness, and help them navigate the challenges of their day-to-day lives with confidence.
The series is designed for kids aged 13 - 19 years. The classes are interactive with meditations, group activities, discussions, and role-playing exercises. They offer a safe and supportive environment for teens to explore these practices and share what's on their hearts and minds.
Gayathri’s meditation class gave me a place to unwind after a stressful school day. It helped me untangle my thoughts and eased me into the night. In moments of frustration or anger I used things we learned in class, like that an emotion only really lasts for a few seconds and after that, it's just thoughts you have. Knowing this gave me more perspective on the thoughts and feelings I was having.
Elena R. (8th Grade)
I did the Teen Mindfulness class with Gayathri for more than 6 months, and part of the course was observing emotions and figuring out the relationship between thoughts and feelings. These topics particularly helped me explore how much faster I could become calmer if all I did was observe my emotions effectively. Adding on to the learning aspect, the class itself was very enjoyable due to the activities, and I often felt less stressed when I came out of it.
Vasudha R. (9th Grade)
Gayathri is one of the most compassionate and thoughtful people I've met. There is a warm and safe atmosphere in the teen meditation sessions - and I always leave feeling refreshed and filled with positivity. I am so grateful for her insights and presence. Meditating with her has given me perspective and taught me how to see beauty in myself and the world around me.
Ananya R. (10th Grade)
Mindfulness, led by Gayathri, was a great way to calm down during the stress of my school days and college application period. Her exercises and methods really helped me achieve inner peace when I needed it the most. I highly recommend that everyone takes this class!