One of the most amazing things about connecting with other professionals in the field of yoga service is hearing their stories; what drew them to become involved in this work, and what drives them to serve youth.
Michelle Paget, a participant from our most recent New York training, shared a bit of her journey and experience with the Street Yoga Training:
“As a therapist, I have spent the past four-years working with elementary-age children and their families. As a result of this demanding work, I found that practicing yoga was a great way to de-stress and clear my mind of the consuming stories I was being told by many of my clients. The idea of combining my love for yoga with my career as a therapist sounded like a good idea, and I began to ask around to see if any of my colleagues knew of programs. I was quickly directed to Street Yoga by a colleague who is from the Seattle area. She told me about the amazing work Street Yoga does, and I was immediately intrigued. I searched the website and was surprised to see that there would be a workshop offered just miles from my home in six weeks. I knew it was meant to be.
When I began the workshop, it was wonderful to be surrounded by other professionals- both therapists and yoga instructors, who were interested in incorporating yoga with mental health and trauma, specifically. I really enjoyed hearing what my fellow workshop members had to say, and each brought their own unique ideas to the table. I learned about how to safely use yoga with traumatized individuals and how to incorporate a yoga curriculum into a mental health program.
I feel confident that I will be able to use many of the techniques I learned in my work with elementary school students. I hope to start a yoga group for children with anxiety and another group for children dealing with trauma. I also plan to move forward with a 200-hour yoga teacher training so that I can safely use yoga within practice. While I knew that combining yoga with therapy made sense, attending the Street Yoga workshop made me realize the true relevance, and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of it.”
We are so grateful for the work of yogis like Michelle! If you have a story to share please email email@example.com.