In October I ventured to North Vancouver to take a yoga training for teen girls. In my head I had a million and one excuses why I didn’t need to go; I have enough training for kids, it’s too much money, how could it possibly be different….blah, blah blah.
Well, I didn’t have the skills this workshop offered, not by a long shot. It was worth every single penny spent and it was entirely different than any kids yoga training I’ve ever had!
Girlvana Yoga is a program for teen girls developed by the genius Alex Mazerolle. Alex has created a teacher training program for women to inspire and mentor the teens in their life through yoga. It is brilliant, and I am forever a different person and teacher because of that weekend.
We went through so much in that weekend to reconnect with and remember our teenage selves, because let’s face it, most of us don’t want to go back there. However, to teach teens and truly connect with them as we hope to in the yoga community, tapping into our own teenage-hood is not only necessary but inspiring. Girlvana Yoga not only welcomes teens as they are and where they are but it celebrates and encourages the vast, dynamic and powerful experience of being a teen girl.
During our training we had the opportunity to meet students who had been taking classes with Alex for the past 3-4 years. In a room full of 21 women they had never met, these four teen girls spoke eloquently and confidently about what yoga, and specifically Girlvana Yoga, has done for them. We heard statements like
“without Girlvana I would have been lost in high school.”
“Girlvana gave me the perspective and understanding that high school wasn’t my whole life.”
“It reminds me that there are more people in the world and in my life than the people who bother me so much at school.”
“Girlvana changed everything for me. I live in a very abusive home and it has become my safe place. I know I will get through this.”
I am honoured and so incredibly excited to offer two Girlvana workshop at Purple Lotus Yoga January 21. 10:30-12:30pm is for girls ages 9-12 and 1:30-3:30 for ages 13+. Before Dec 31 the cost is $35+tax, after Dec 31 it is $40 +tax.
Yoga means “to yoke” and Girlvana truly brings people together in a stage of life where connections are uncertain and the ground feels so unstable. You can register here