Yoga, mindfulness promote positive emotion for trauma survivors

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

From The Morning Call

“How often does it feel like we’re all just trying to manage the chaos of life – navigating different responsibilities while dealing with inevitable interruptions?

No matter our ages, backgrounds or circumstances, we live in a fast-paced world where many are more adherent to screens and social media than we are to what’s actually happening around us. And unfortunately, a huge portion of that screen-addicted population are youth whose minds are still developing. During these formative years, social triggers like peer pressure, bullying, or disruptive, unstable or stressful home lives shape and influence their mental state.

Enter Shanthi Project (shanthiproject.org) – an organization that provides trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness services to thousands of at-risk children and youth, and trauma survivors of all ages throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Mindfulness is described as maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle lens. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.”

To read more of this article by Shannon Sigafoos of The Morning Call, click here!

To learn more about the Shanthi Project, click here!

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