See One, Do One, Teach One: Yoga for Schools, Individuals, and Group Practice68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2021)
Yoga is a group of mind-body practices originating from ancient India. Studies increasingly show the benefits of yoga, including improved attention, stress reduction, and positive coping skills. The goal of this Workshop is to provide practitioners with more tools in their toolkits to guide individuals toward improved mental health. Methods: In this Workshop, participants engage in a “see one, do one, and teach one” style of learning, in which they watch, learn, participate, and practice yoga techniques for individual and group practices. No prior experience or training in yoga is required. Janet J. Baek, MD, who is also a yoga teacher, will review the historical background of yoga, literature on its benefits for mental health, and published outcomes from school-based programs. Bettina Bernstein, DO, will discuss teacher wellness and how the practice of yoga can be supportive to teachers. Aleema Zakers, MD, MPH, who is also a yoga therapist, will introduce the practice of yoga in clinical settings and demonstrate specific yoga techniques for trauma-informed care, anxiety, depression, and overall mental health. Lex Gillan, a certified yoga instructor, will lead a yoga practice throughout the Workshop. The yoga practice will incorporate breathing, physical postures, and meditation. The physical postures taught will be ones easily incorporated into a work setting. Then participants will break out into smaller groups to practice yoga exercises and brainstorm how to incorporate yoga practices into their individual work settings with facilitation from the faculty. Finally, participants reconvene for a Q&A session and a meditation practice. Participants will be provided with handouts of the yoga practices taught in the Workshop. Results: Participants will learn about the history of traditional yoga and evidence-based yoga practices for children, adolescents, and teachers. They will immediately be able to implement yoga practices taught in this Workshop into their clinical, individual, group, and/or school-based practices. Participants will be able to implement yoga practices for improving mental health and/or optimization of healthy lifestyles. Conclusions: This Workshop provides a unique opportunity for clinicians to learn to incorporate yoga practices into their own practice and community, regardless of their training in yoga.
Citation InformationJ J Baek, K Saxena, Bettina Bernstein and A Zakers. "See One, Do One, Teach One: Yoga for Schools, Individuals, and Group Practice" 68th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2021)
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