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Teen Connect

Week 1

Teen Connect: Week 1 Recap

Mindfulness tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.

– kelly k

Strength & Conditioning Workout

Week 1 workouts were GREAT! We had lots of repetition with basic movement as we focused on TRX strap adjustment, form, and technique. Everyone should be challenged during the workout, finish feeling like a rockstar, and also feel a little sore the next day. 🙂

Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Practice

Mat sessions have been brief, consisting of 1 – 3 yoga postures. Lights are turned low, eyes are closed, and teens are given time to decompress while turning inward toward self-awareness, regulation, and compassion.  This part of class should feel like a GREAT BIG HUG! Interestingly, like adults, some teens are most challenged by the high-energy workout and others are most challenged during their reflective time on the mat. 

Connection Dialogue

This week, we’ve used journals to list personal stress and have made connections between:

  1. Stressful experiences
  2. Internal dialogue & feelings
  3. External meaning and response

We’ve taken an objective look at #2 and discussed how internal dialogue and feelings are unique to each of us and are shaped by genetics, past experience, and connection with others. We’ve identified how our internal dialogue (what we tell ourselves) has the power to shape the external meaning of many things, including stress.

Questions teens were prompted to write about

  1. List what you experience as stress in your life.
  2. What feelings do you associate with each stressful experience or situation on your list?
  3. What do you do to cope with these feelings?
  4. Take a look at your stress list.  What is your internal dialogue like? Are you kind to yourself? Are you demanding? Do you have unrealistic expectations? Would you talk with a friend the same way?

Stress creates energy in the body. If it’s not processed out, we can feel overwhelmed, exhausted, or stuck. Teen Connect targets the physical, mental, and emotional response to stress and moves it out through physical exertion and mindfulness, leaving us feeling lighter and more alive.

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