With 16 trauma-sensitive youth yoga programs, Transformation Yoga Project focuses on providing yoga as a way to effectively help young people develop self-regulation, mind-body awareness and physical fitness.

TYP’s youth programs focus on various settings: behavioral health, detention, alternative education and school, shelter and residential, and other community-based settings.

October is Youth Justice Awareness/Action Month. Declared in 2009, the Campaign for Youth Justice advocates for a movement to end the prosecution of youth in the adult system. The campaign first started as Youth Justice Awareness Month, and the “tremendous growth in activism and advocacy” has turned the month into Youth Justice Action Month.

TYP’s programs are just one way to raise awareness of YJAM and the issues that impact nearly 200,000 youth each year.

A study from the Journal of Applied School Psychology found that at-risk youth who participated in school-based yoga programs demonstrated significant reductions in anxiety, depression and psychological distress after participation.

A TYP participant from the Glen Mills School, an alternative residential school for youth who are court-referred, said, “I like how it helped me escape a little within my day. It helps me relax and focus. The most helpful part of yoga was that it lifted up my mood.”

Another study explained that a yoga program offered in an urban school found that student’s perceived four main benefits from yoga: self-regulation, mindfulness, stress-reduction and self-esteem.

“The best part of yoga was the stress relief, being able to take an hour out of the day to rest,” said another Glen Mills School TYP participant. “What helped me the most was the way it boosted my performance for sports.”

TYP trauma-sensitive, research-based programs strive to meet the unique needs of individuals, communities and institutions. Training and educating our staff, instructors and the public, helps youth affected by the criminal justice system.

TYP is offering an in-depth training on December 1 and 2 for yoga teachers, social workers, school teachers, counselors, and interested yogis. This is an opportunity to learn about trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based tools to share with young people that foster resilience, decrease stress, and increase emotional regulation. Check out the training information at the event page.