The pre-teen and teenage years can be difficult for anyone. Body changes, insecurities and scholastic pressures only add to the stress of moving through young adulthood. Carmel resident Sara Salinas is aiming to make this time of transition a little easier.
Salinas, a yoga instructor, will hold outdoor yoga and mindfulness classes for pre-teens and teens throughout the summer.
“I have been doing yoga myself for a few years, and it grounded me so much,” she said. “I also have a daughter who is a pre-teen and she is just starting her life adventure. I remember being in middle school and high school and how hard it was. I didn’t have anything to ground me or that I could come back to for when friends were mean or if I looked in the mirror and didn’t like what I looked like that day.”
Salinas said yoga can help.
“Yoga gives kids that peace. They can come back and just be in their breath and learn how to accept themselves for who they are and what their bodies can do for them versus what their bodies look like,” she said.
Classes will be offered in July and August and cost $40 for a four-week session. They are open to age groups 9-13 and 14-18. They will be held at Coxhall Gardens or River Road Park. The classes will include how to focus on individual tasks.
“We’ll do some exercises that will help with mindfulness,” Salinas said. “A lot of people think mindfulness is sitting in a room with your eyes closed and trying not to think about anything, but really mindfulness is thinking about what you’re doing and only thinking about what you’re doing.”
Salinas is looking to continue the classes into the fall and winter. For more or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.