Facilitating life skills for emotional & mental well-being to children and youth 3 - 18 years & their schools 

Frequently Asked Questions (Peaceful Warrior Program)

Peaceful Warrior Group Programming: What is it?
We pride ourselves on providing programming that serves as a community resource for mental health and overall emotional health, specific to the needs of children, youth and families. Classes are not simply modified adult yoga classes, nor are they the same as recreational yoga for kids that are designed to focus on the playful components of yoga for children.

Our Peaceful Warrior program is designed to empower children and youth to be happy and healthy in a fun and inclusive environment. We aim to create a safe and confidential group space in which children, youth and families can feel supported and guided in their needs while dealing with challenges faced in their everyday lives, such as anxiety, depression, poor body image, bullying, environmental stressors, lack of self worth or other special needs.

Our programming is deeply rooted in evidence-based research findings from the fields of Social and Emotional Learning, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Development Cognitive Neuroscience. We use tools stemming from these fields alongside traditional yoga postures, breathing techniques and philosophies to provide effective programming that offers emotional support.

Who are your Instructors?
As a result of the uniqueness to our programming, our licensed instructors are also unique. While instructors are certified yoga instructors, they also have extensive experience and education outside the parameters of yoga including such areas of specialities as trauma, special needs, child development, adult education, kineasiology, nutrition, and the fields of education and psychology. Our instructors also undertake further training specific to Yoga It Up's foundations to provide programming that can be offered with integrity. As a minumum, all instructors hold: yoga certification(s), insurance and clear criminal record checks.  

How does yoga help someone?
Yoga offers the ability to provide a program that fosters physical, emotional and social development all at once. Scientifically, the mental benefits of yoga result from calming the heart rate, which signals the brain to activate the parasympathetic nervous system response. Balancing the body’s systems has a great impact on mental perspective.
Because children are subject to sensory overload, just like adults, the sympathetic nervous system (“fight or flight”) is often engaged and creates stress. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, yoga can reduce stress and increase the ability to focus and learn.

Using yoga postures and yoga philosophy helps children navigate the stresses of daily life and learn why practicing helps their bodies, brains, and hearts feel calm. Self direction, self-soothing, a positive sense of self, attention regulation, listening skills, and the value of being calm and healthy are all skills nurtured through Yoga It Up’s group classes and private sessions.

Is this program suitable for all fitness levels?
Yes, postures are given to suit the child/teen’s fitness level. They can try a simpler version of the posture, a more difficult version of the posture. If they don’t want to do a posture we don’t pressure them and they can watch until we move onto the next posture.

Is the group program suitable for all mental and emotional conditions?
While our programs are inclusive of children and youth of all abilities there are times when perhaps private sessions are better able to serve your child’s best interest. For example, for children dealing with social anxiety, sometimes group classes are the goal and to begin with, private sessions are the best choice. Or, perhaps your child has some specific emotional, mental or physical challenges that could be focused on best in a private setting.

What if my child is on the cusp of an age group?
As a parent, you know your child best. If you feel that your child is better served in an older or younger grouping, then we respect your decision. If the instructor notices anything of concern in class, s/he will discuss it with you in private and together determine the best interest of your child.