TeenYoga works closely with the Psychology Department of Leeds University to measure outcomes of yoga and mindfulness practises in the teen population.
We are the only worldwide Yoga Alliance accredited training for Teens. We conduct trainings worldwide and our next training is in Dubai in October and London in November 2103. Please call for more details or go to training page on this website.
Half a million people in the UK practise mindfulness, yoga and meditation, with a 25% year on year increase – among them Sting, Ryan Giggs, Madonna, Jon Bon Jovi, Adam Levine and Mick Jagger!
It is taught in many schools across the country both as part of the curriculum and as an after school activity funded by The National Lottery. Mindfulness has particularly seen a huge growth in recent years as the research in the field has proved without a doubt that mindfulness increases well being.
This website attempts to bring together Mindfulness practitioners, Yoga Teachers, Teens and Secondary School PE teachers with all the latest research and the best training opportunities in this field. There is also an opportunity to buy products you may need to help your teaching.
Sierra Leone Project
TeenYoga has been invited to visit Freetown, Sierra Leone for 10 days in October 2014 to work with traumatised young people. It is a project involving yoga Teacher Training specifically for trauma. Charlotta will fly over and run a specialised training. There are several fund raising activities for this trip, including concerts at Wells Cathedral. If you would like to donate towards this project, we are looking to raise £3000. Please donate on this page. Thank you. If you would like more information, please email us. Thank you for your generosity.
How TeenYoga Came About
Teenyoga is born out of Universal Yoga. Charlotta Martinus is the founder of both companies and has been teaching teens for over 20 years and yoga since 2004. With two teen sons keen on yoga, she noticed quickly how yoga helped her sons achieve a greater sense of well being, perform better at school and release anxiety.
Having experienced the Swedish School system herself, she wanted to share this perspective of non-competitive attitude and greater self-care as part of children’s education. If taught correctly, Yoga and mindfulness fit these precepts perfectly. She soon realised there was no training in this field at all and that many yoga teachers found the thought of approaching the 13-16 age groups quite daunting. After many years of research and experience, Charlotta came together with colleague Sarah Bourne and then psychologists, neuroscientists and anatomists, to produce the thorough manual (soon to be published) and training programme for Yoga for Teens. The training is now run in London and the South West, looking to expand in other parts of the UK.
the teacher training week in Bath was one of my best week’s ever in 2013. Charlotta Chandrika Martinus has so much knowledge and experience of teaching yoga to teens that it was a privilege to attend the course. I learned and laughed so much! at the end of the course I was inspired and confident to take action to set up teen yoga classes immediately! I’ve already got lots of interest from local schools and groups for taster classes so I know 2014 will be busy!
The theoretical sessions are detailed yet delivered in digestible chunks with lots of anecdotes and videos to bring theory alive. Not only do you get a huge manual full of information to take home, you get access to the Teen Yoga Teachers forum on fb. This is an fantastic resource for further information and support.
The course also provides lots of opportunities for practice through short peer teaching sessions. This was a bit scary but so worthwhile as it gave us experience of thinking on our feet.
If you’re thinking of doing this course, please don’t hesitate. It was life changing, well worth the investment of time and money.
Caron (Bath Dec 2013)
Charlotta, thank you for sharing your knowledge on this amazing course. It has been life changing for me. Your passion and expertise in the field of Teen Yoga shone through and your warmth towards us made this course a special experience for us all.
This course is an absolute must for anyone considering teaching yoga to teens. The course content is excellent and covers everything you need to know. I highly recommend it!
Shahn (Dec 2012)
This is a life changing course…if you have any interest in helping the youth of today become balanced adults of tomorrow do this course!!!!! DC Samantha Hare (May 2011)
This course is a treasure trove of information about teaching yoga to teenagers. It gives you in depth theoretical knowledge into adolesant psychology and the benefits of yoga practise combined with inspiring practical examples of how to bring yoga to teens. I came away from the course overflowing with inspiration and with the confidence to take yoga into schools. (May 2011)
I learnt so much on the course. I’m constantly referring back to the manual that accompanied the workshop. With all the different aspects that are covered, I felt enabled to take my teenage yoga classes to innovative and adventurous levels while remaining grounded. I noticed the diversity in my classes immediately following the training. I was calmer and the teens seem relaxed with new and fresh down-to-earth methods of teaching.
There is so much more to teaching teenagers than perhaps I had allowed and I believe that they deserve a teacher that has looked into what their particular needs are, what their daily pressures are and what their physical and mental developmental challenges are. The course takes an in-depth look at the mind, the physiology and the emotional state of young adults in today’s modern world. It places that in a yoga context and allows us, for a brief time, to be students ourselves; so we are better equipped to lead interesting and intriguing yoga classes that will empower these brilliant young souls to manage their lives, cope with exam stress and experience an enhanced sense of their own true nature.
Becky Abhaya (May 2012)
Words can’t explain what an amazing course you have put together!! You opened a whole new fascinating world to me and for that I am truly grateful!! I will highly recommend to anyone to take Teenyoga course with you.
Ayala (Dec 2012)
Thank you Charlotta Chandrika Martinus for an amazing course, Teen Yoga at SpecialYoga London. We could have gone on for longer, learning from your great depths of experience, and from each other. It was such an honour to be there with you all at that time. Your passion for your mission clearly shines through, and I look forward to spreading the light. Om Shanti.
Ananda (Dec 2012)