Nevada's Youth Offered Healing Through Yoga
By: Elizabeth Amon; freelance reporter based in Seattle, Washington
You won’t find the teenagers at Willow Springs Center, a Nevada psychiatric hospital for children, doing the cat-cow pose in yoga class. They don’t use straps or belts, or other objects to bend the body. And the yoga teachers, who visit from the Reno nonprofit Urban Lotus Project, won’t tell them what to do.
Instead, in these trauma-informed classes, teachers invite them to try a pose — if it feels right.
By stripping away everything nonessential, instructors show the young people what “mindful movement and breathing can do for a body and the nervous system in a space that feels welcoming and safe,” said Nicholas Stanton, executive director of the Nevada nonprofit that serves vulnerable youth and young adults...
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