While we offer teacher trainings year-round across the nation, each one is unique; offering space for so much potent knowledge in various fields of work from social services to cognitive science.  This July at our training at Maha Padma Yoga in New York City we had the pleasure of training a team of brilliant yogis from the Yale Child Psychiatry Services department.

The Children’s Psychiatric Inpatient Service (CPIS) combines the unique resources of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital with the world-renowned faculty of Yale School of Medicine departments of child psychiatry (Yale Child Study Center) and pediatrics.

There are many things to love about the work that these six leaders are involved in. We are especially thrilled about what their Yale Child Study Center does for youth! It “brings together multiple disciplines to further the understand the problems of children and families. Among the many disciplines are child psychiatry, pediatrics, genetics, neurobiology, epidemiology, psychology, nursing, social work and social policy. The mission of the Center is to understand child development, social, behavioral, and emotional adjustment, and psychiatric disorders and to help children and families in need of care.” This is a mission that we align with greatly, a mission that feeds into the work that we do, to help youth and their families find safety through healing.

logo_yaleAfter the training our friends at Yale shared some of their thoughts:

“For me, it was an important to remember to make mindfulness a regular practice for myself…in order to share this with the children.”

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in Street Yoga Training. Working with children with psychiatric illnesses in a role of Therapeutic Recreation specialist is my passion. I continuously search for new ideas and approaches to help the children find peace and balance in their lives.”

“Since the Street Yoga training, I have implemented basic poses to help ground the children during difficult times.”

“Street Yoga Training has provided me with ways to create a calm environment for children in which they will feel safe, relaxed and able to cope with their challenges.”

“I am confident that the Street Yoga practice can help the children I work with balance themselves and find a coping skill that really works for them… the beauty of it is that it can be practiced anywhere and at any given time. Thank you so much for the training.”

Perhaps the most exciting part of it all is that this team of youth advocates has begun implementing various pieces of the training into their work with the children already!

We are incredibly grateful for those that are working directly with youth to improve their lives. It is work that no doubt requires a strong heart and unwavering spirit.

So much Love and Gratitude for you ALL,

The Street Yoga Tribe


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