by Kimaya Singh
The practice of yoga allows not only allows ourselves, but our students to take time out from their busy chaotic lifestyles to recover and revitalize both body and mind...
Editor's Note: Although asana (yoga poses) practice is one of the best forms of physical fitness, separating yoga from its holistic origins dilutes the effectiveness of a complete yogic practice. Looking to get more into "real" yoga..beyond the physical practice? Read more to understand how and why.
by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD
For almost 40 years I have personally done Autogenic Training daily. It has, by far, the greatest scientific proof of efficacy of any self-regulation approach. Developed originally in 1912 by J. H. Schultz, by 1969, the first of 6 volumes was published, with 2600 scientific references. That is even before it became part of autogenic feedback training—later biofeedback! Athletes, students and business people all improve. Eighty percent of STRESS illnesses can be managed just with autogenic training...
by Kimaya Singh
With the recent spate of mass shootings, people have begun to ask what it will take to reduce violence, especially among kids or in places where they spend time. We know that violence does not just occur in random places sparked by uncertain things. It also takes place daily in schools or on street corners...
Editor's Note: Violence is a result of many things, including mental illness and feelings of loss, anger, loneliness, and powerlessness. Fortunately, these feelings are something that a yoga practice can address, especially when meditation is guided by someone who intentionally wants to empower and encourage students who are dealing with these types of emotions. The author states that, in addressing these negative feelings, yoga gives its practitioners, especially young people, an internal locus of control.
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Beautiful! … I'm an Artist, tells the story of the often hidden children of our times-students with learning disabilities. The film follows several junior and high school students with autism, Down syndrome, behavioral issues and other learning disabilities who collaborate with their dedicated art teacher to create artwork for their first big, professional art gallery exhibition. The documentary also offers an inside view into the lives of children with special needs by following them to their prom, field day and senior trip...
Arts & Art Therapy
by Helen Maffini
Keeping a journal is a great way of expressing emotions. The skill of using emotional literacy will be developed as well as better self awareness and self reflection...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Encouraging a child to write in a journal builds self-awareness and emotional literacy. Try these journal ideas with your children or students.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Cathy Alinovi, DVM,
ATH Co-Editor of Animals & Pets
It’s a form of energy therapy formalized in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist monk named Mikao Usui. Since 1922, his original 2000 students-turned-Reiki Masters have taught other practitioners all around the world in Usui’s energy healing methods. Based on a centuries old method of directing cosmic Qi (energy) into healing touch, Usui’s followers use Reiki to improve the overall health of their subject. Gentle touch and intention, help the Reiki practitioner direct the subject’s vital force to parts of the body that need healing. Combining this touch with universal Qi, can be quite therapeutic for some.
Animals & Pets
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by Raphael Cushnir -- Interviewer
Brother David Steindl-Rast
"...when I heard the title, Teaching What We Need To Learn, I thought, “Do we ever teach anything that we don’t need to learn?” We always pick exactly what we need to learn and then we teach it, and if you are lucky, then we learn what we teach. And I think every teacher will say how much they have learned from their students, and I think we choose the areas in which we teach precisely because we want to learn. It’s not always conscious. I think that most of it is subconscious but I think that’s just a fact..."
Editor's Note from Diane Renz: Learning the art and practice of gratefulness is the key to resilience and well-being. We often wonder how can I possibly be grateful in the midst of great difficulties? Right in the center of our chaos we can find meaning and possibility and return to the present through gratitude, helping us then to remember what is essential in us as always available, no matter our circumstance. Here you will be inspired by someone who lives this truth.
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