Mindfulness, Yoga and Expressive Movement for Homeless Teens
Humanity Moves is deeply committed to the idea of combining mindfulness with movement arts to empower men, women and children of all ages in becoming agents of their own learning. We find this especially true when it comes to the education of young Latino and African-American teens who have been forced out of their homes due to abuse, trauma, or behavioral issues. Many of our local homeless teen girls also face additional challenges as single moms in the impoverished neighborhoods of Oak Cliff, Dallas. Often, these courageous young mothers are the primary caretakers and influencing presence in the lives of the boys and girls they raise. Providing an opportunity for the teens to engage in mindful, somatic exercises extends the range of resources available for managing their mind/body wellness as they rehabilitate from the suffering and trauma that led to their homelessness in the first place.
In October 2013, Humanity Moves initiated a pilot program with the teen moms at Promise House, a shelter for homeless youth in Oak Cliff, Dallas. Since then, the program has been expanded and is open to all children–male or female– receiving shelter and services at the Promise House.
Let us see what the Promise House has to say about Humanity Moves!
“Promise House moves youth in crisis towards safety and success by offering temporary emergency shelter, long term housing and community based services to youth. By partnering with Humanity Moves, Promise House is able to offer our youth mindfulness, trauma sensitive yoga and expressive movement classes. Some studies have shown that up to 80 percent of the homeless youth population has experienced trauma. Humanity Moves understands how trauma can deteriorate the mind-body connection and how to restore a sense of safety in the present moment. They are fantastic at meeting our youth where they are and making sure that everyone feels comfortable in their classes, from having separate groups for men and women to creating a program specifically for our mothers to be. Their organization offers a unique and powerful benefit to some of the most underserved members of the community.”
- Zach Bartush, Promise House Volunteer & Community Resources Coordinator
Yoga Warriors Teacher Training
Humanity Moves is a Yoga Warriors International teacher training organization.
The Yoga Warriors method was developed by Lucy Cimini of Central Mass Yoga Institute in West Boylston, MA to provide a yoga and mindfulness-based practice to address the symptoms of combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military veterans. The method has been used by yoga teachers, social workers, mental health professionals, caregivers, and spouses of military members and/or veterans as a movement-based method to managing the many symptoms of PTSD. Not just for Yoga teachers! Many mental health professionals have found great value in this non-pharmaceutical treatment modality!
The teacher training program is approved for continuing education credits by the National Yoga Alliance and is APPROVED by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886630123-1975) for 16 Social Work continuing education contact hours.
For more program information please visit: www.yogawarriors.com
Learning Labs for Community Instructors:
Humanity Moves offers professional development workshops known as Movement-arts “Learning Laboratories” for yoga, dance, and movement-arts teachers working with children or adults in an educational or social justice-oriented setting. These workshops provide an opportunity for artists and instructors to discuss issues related to providing access to research-based mindful movement education in non-traditional settings, such as public schools, community centers, shelters, or transition/rehabilitative environments.