Mindful Yoga and SEL Educator, Abby Wills, MA, E-RYT, YACEP
Module 4 is designed to enact the potential and power of an intentionally built yoga practice for teenagers while they undergo a stage of physical, neurological, social and emotional transformation. Abby will deepen your understanding of how to deliver the eight-limbed system of Yoga and mindful practices using methods that meet youth ages 12-18 while honoring this developmental stage.
Course objectives include developing trauma-informed and culturally responsive instruction skills to captivate the hearts and minds of youth being served. The mechanics of pacing and sequencing will be covered in the context of ethics, self-care, and social-emotional learning. Experiential activities will illustrate the relevance of inquiry, trust-building and collaboration in yoga education for teens as they emerge into the world with agency, resilience and awareness.
Abby Wills, MA, E-RYT, YACEP has dedicated over twenty years to integrating yoga and mindful practices for wholistic health into a wide diversity of school settings, including public, private, charter, and institutes of higher education. She works in direct service to learners and educators throughout Los Angeles and internationally. Her certifications include Sivananda Yoga Vedanta, Yoga Works, Embodied Social Justice and Yoga Ed. Abby’s extensive mindfulness, meditation and Eastern philosophy studies include coursework at Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, Mind & Life Institute, Mindful Schools and regular silent retreat in the Vajrayana and Dzogchen traditions. She holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Development with a specialization in Social Change from Pacific Oaks College. Abby is co-founder and program director of Shanti Generation for whom she has written, directed and produced several kids and teen programs, such as Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers, Partner Yoga for Teens and Mindful Life Skills for Classrooms.