All Kinds of News for July 11, 2018
Trails Momentum, a wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-25, has recently introduced weekly yoga classes into programming on campus. Clinical Director Mara Mueller, LCSW CADC-I carries out these weekly sessions using a combination of vinyasa flow, hatha, and yin yoga techniques. She also incorporates elements of mindfulness and meditation within yoga classes.
“During our yoga sessions, I talk to students about the mind-body connection,” comments Mueller. “Emotions can be held within the body, affecting us physically as well as mentally. I often tailor the classes to focus on how each student is feeling and which parts of the body we should spend time working on in our yoga practice.”
In addition to emphasizing the mind-body connection, Mueller encourages students to use these classes as an opportunity to have fun and be silly.
“We do a lot of play-based activities in these classes,” says Mueller. “I think it’s really important for young adults to have some form of play in their lives. We do a lot of fun activities during yoga that help students open up and enjoy the experience. It’s amazing to see students feel more connected and relaxed with their bodies by having fun with yoga.”
For many students, these classes are often their first time participating in yoga.
“These classes help demystify what yoga is for many students,” says Mueller. “For male students especially, they may have a preconceived notion of what yoga is like. They come away from these classes feeling like this is something that is accessible to them and that they are capable of. The classes help expand their perceptions of what yoga is and what it can do for them.”
Later in July, Mueller will be bringing in a guest male yoga teacher to help give a male perspective to yoga for male students.
“The students really love and appreciate these classes,” comments Mueller. “It’s been a real eye-opener for some of them, and many have been surprised by how much they enjoy yoga.”
For more information about programming at Trails Momentum, please visit http://trailsmomentum.com or call (877) 296-8711.
About Trails Momentum:
Trails Momentum is a co-ed adventure-based wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-25. Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, Trails Momentum offers a transformative, whole student centered growth experience for young adults struggling to launch themselves into adulthood. Adventure programming, clinical services, education, service-learning, and community living are seamlessly interwoven to maximize the transference of important life skills in order to empower students to make the transition into independence.