Centering Youth started a weekly Yoga and Mindfulness class for the Dekalb County Juvenile Court‘s Rebound Program on October 29, 2013. The Rebound program is a wonderful, highly structured program for young men who are under the supervision of the Juvenile Court. Each participant obtains a wide variety of individual programs and services geared towards their specific situation. The Centering Youth yoga and mindfulness class provides participants with an opportunity for a once per week class focused on bringing each youth tools for calming, focusing, gaining strength and balance, and moving forward towards a personally fulfilling life.
Each time we start a new class in a new setting, we are faced with challenges, opportunities and the joy of meeting a new group of kids. As always, the kids were a little leery as they started their first Yoga and Mindfulness class, but thanks to our experience, we were able to communicate the true joy we have practicing with them, setting them at ease and allowing everyone to relax and enjoy the start of a wonderful journey into calmness, focusing and non-judgment.
Centering Youth is now leading Yoga and Mindfulness classes for young people at three Regional Youth Detention Centers in the Atlanta area. In Georgia the detention of all juveniles is handled by the state Department of Juvenile Justice, so even though we have been working with juvenile courts in the Atlanta area, we had to work with the state to make these classes happen. To our knowledge these are the first Yoga and Mindfulness classes in any adult or juvenile prison/detention facility run by the state of Georgia, and we are pleased to have this opportunity.
As Centering Youth classes have gained traction and credibility in Detention Centers and Juvenile Courts, demand has increased for our classes, as detention center and juvenile court staffs see the real difference our classes make in the lives of the young people under their supervision.
Covenant House Georgia
Centering Youth is now leading a weekly Yoga and Mindfulness class for the wonderful Covenant House Georgia, which serves homeless youths between 18 and 22. Covenant House Georgia serves “the suffering children of the street with unconditional love and absolute respect, while providing immediate needs, education & vocational skills.” We are so proud to return to this great program, where Centering Youth was first conceived in 2012.
Pregnant Inmates at Helms State Prison
Centering Youth, in collaboration with Motherhood Beyond Bars, is now leading a yoga class for pregnant inmates at Helms State Prison in Atlanta, as part of Motherhood Beyond Bars’ work to improve the holistic health of incarcerated pregnant women, new mothers, and their children through health education, counseling, and services. Motherhood Beyond Bars is an initiative of the Georgia Prison Ministries.
We are honored and thrilled to announce our new weekly class at Anchor Hospital! Established in 1986, The Anchor Hospital campus of Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System is a 122-bed facility accredited by the Joint Commission that specializes in the treatment of behavioral health and addictive disease disorders for Adults and Senior Adults.