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Module 2: THE GIVING TREE: Yamas & Niyamas for Young People

Key Topics

  • Right Relationships
  • Ethics
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Surya B Lab
  • Practicum

The Experience

The practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between body, mind, and spirit. In this session, we’ll explore how this art and science can be practiced and lived beyond the yoga mat. We’ll examine some of the ethical dilemmas that teaching yoga and mindfulness to young people can produce and strategies for effectively navigating skeptical and/or critical audiences.

The majority of our time together will focus on the yamas and niyamas, ancient ethical precepts of universal morality and personal observance. We’ll practice cultivating the seeds of healthy, whole, wise living, both for ourselves and those we love and serve. We’ll explore the limiting beliefs and attitudes that keep us from reaching the potential of our true, authentic Self, and how through rigorous, yet compassionate inquiry, we can come to better understand our relationship to ourselves in order to better facilitate productive relationships with young people.

Activities will be a balance of discussion, lab, and creative reflection, and include asana and meditation practices and a practicum experience with a community partner.


6.5 hours

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Dr. Ryan Allen

Lead Facilitator

Dr. Ryan Allen


Sep 29 2019


9:00 am - 3:30 pm




Briar Cliff University
3303 Rebecca St, Sioux City, IA 51104

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