All Kinds of News for February 08, 2017
Moonridge Academy, a premiere Residential Treatment Center that provides services to younger girls ages 11-15, has been using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for many years to help girls struggling with emotional dysregulation, depression, trauma, anxiety and social skills challenges to learn and develop life skills to help balance the logic and emotion in any situation. One such skill in Mindfulness. In the past 8 months, Moonridge Academy has added yoga and meditation to the client's weekly routine to further assist the girls in learning to be mindful. Mindfulness is knowing what you are experiencing while you are experiencing it. It is moment-to-moment awareness, has the quality of being in the now, a sense of freedom, of perspective, of being connected and not judging. Research has shown that when we incorporate mindfulness practice into day-to-day activities, it can help rewire or reshape the brain and improve the quality of life experiences. Mindfulness is very easy to incorporate into daily life and it can be improved with practice.
Clinical Director at Moonridge Academy Jennifer Hedrick explains, “Many of our girls have a disconnect between their brain and their body. It is almost as if they have two bodies—one above the neck and one below the neck. Mindfulness practices including yoga and meditation help our girls fix that disconnection.”
Girls at Moonridge Academy participate in a weekly yoga class conducted by a trauma-sensitive yoga instructor. The girls report that they benefit from both the physical and emotional aspects of yoga. One of the girls explained, “When I first started to do yoga there were certain poses I couldn’t do. I felt upset and anxious about this. When I learned to concentrate on my body and not worry about what was going on around me, I was able to do yoga poses and I was able to feel more in control of my mind and my body.”
Recreation Director Ruth Morrow has also been leading the girls through meditation in group therapy. Utilizing Yoga Nidra, the girls are able to mindfully focus on different parts of their bodies allowing each body part to relax. This has been difficult for some of the girls, but as they have learned to focus with their minds, they have become more in tune with their bodies, thus developing a better connection between mind and body.
About Moonridge AcademyMoonridge Academy is a CERTS Program in beautiful Southern Utah with 16 beds, and is specifically designed for younger girls, ages 11-14. Younger girls need a younger environment, without the influence of older girls' more sophisticated or advanced issues. Moonridge takes a young approach to therapy and intervention with a DBT program taught and delivered at this specific age range level. Moonridge is intensive residential treatment for girls with issues of trauma, emotional regulation, depression, family conflict, and beginning stages of self-harm or substance experimentation. Traditional schooling is provided and Moonridge uses play and laughter to connect, a warm family environment to protect, and deep therapy to inspire and create change.