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Does anyone know of a teen meditation class or group within easy driving distance of
Berkeley? I did a google search but didn't find anything except at Spirit Rock, which is
too far away.
I recommend Kate Janke. She teaches meditation to teens in groups or individually
at a space on Alcatraz near Adeline. She's fabulous! She's teaching my 15 year
old son mindfulness and relaxation. I sat in on one lesson (by her invitation and
with my son's permission), and found her to be an excellent teacher with
wonderful, calming energy.
Kate's number is: (510) 684-0364.
She's currently out of town, but if you can wait a week or two, she's a great
My son is participating in a teen yoga program led by Kelly Shannon in Berkeley.
The group meets once a week for an hour and a half on MLK near Dwight.
My son was not that enthusiastic before he started, but has really gotten engaged
by the small group and Kelly. He's even practicing at home by himself! You can
check her Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/YouthMindfulnessYogaProgram )
to see if she has other groups starting, or to contact her directly.
aspiring to mindfulness in the home...
Try White Magnolia Tai Chi. It is a smaller school on the Kensington/Berkeley
border near the Colusa circle. It has a range of classes as well as private
lessons. The head instructor is wonderful! I have been a student there for
almost 3 years and have had great experiences with all of the classes and
Check it out at whitemagnoliataichi.com
Have you looked into the East Bay Meditation Center? (www.eastbaymeditation.org)
They have a variety of weekly meditation sessions and teachings. It's all
donation based. I believe they are very close to the 19th St. BART station. I'm
not sure of they have anything specifically for teens, but it's a comfortable
atmosphere that I think your child could adapt to. And they may be able to give
you other leads.
We would appreciate recommendations for a mindfulness practioner to work with our
family of 4, including two daughters 16 and 19, over the summer. We would all benefit
and want work together on being more mindful.
Signed: Family that wants to make the most of our summer
I have a wonderful mindfulness practitioner I highly recommend. David
Weinberg,based in Berkeley, is a fantastic teacher, mentor and person.
He teaches Mindfulness Meditation to group classes and individuals through
his business, StressCare.
I have participated in four of his courses and can't recommend him highly
enough. David is wise, funny, full of compassion and very experienced at
both practicing and teaching Mindfulness. You can learn more from his
website: stresscaretraining.org or Phone: (510) 540-8928
Sounds like a wonderful family idea!
I highly recommend Denise Bergez. She has led meditation groups for many years and
has trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction. She has helped me personally
develop a regular meditation practice that has brought great benefits-- and I had no
prior experience with mindfulness. She can be reached at email@example.com. What
a great family project! Best of luck to you.
We're looking for an effective and comfortable way for our 15-yr old grandson (who
just moved in with us) to learn meditation. He has ADD and meditation has been
recommended for him. The Inward Bound Meditation Education camp was listed a couple
of weeks ago in this newsletter. Has anyone had any experience with it? There's a
session in Northern California in June.
Any other ideas for exposing him to meditation effectively?
No experience with IBME, but my son and several other teens from
the East Bay make it over to the current teen meditation Spring
session each Sunday night at Spirit Rock.
http://www.spiritrock.org/calendarDetails?EventID=3294 They seem
to find it interesting, supportive and mood changing. A.
Hi: I'm looking for a yoga and/or pilates class for my 13 year old
daughter. She would prefer to be in a class with other teens. I would
appreciate recommendations for summer classes/camps or ongoing
afternoon/evening classes (which accommodate teens) in Oakland or
Berkeley, but Alameda or Lafayette areas would also be good.
Thanks so much.
Yoga Kula on Virginia and Shattuck has plans to start a teen class.
I believe the time will be 4 on Tuesdays - so check the website
My daughter took Pilates with Rosie Liebe, massage practitioner and
Pilates instructor, in Berkeley and loved the experience. I was so
happy that my daughter made a connection with a healthy woman who
helped identify her strengths and motivated her to stay strong.
Rosie gives classes too, but I don't know if she has classes (yet)
for only teens. The Body Praxis 510.828.3441
Can anyone recommend a beginning/not-too-intense yoga class
for a teenage girl. preferably in North Berkeley? It
doesn't have to be a class for teenagers, just one that
would accept a sixteen-year-old. m.
Hi! The Berkeley YMCA has a teen membership for teens
14-18. Many of our teens enjoy a variety of the adult
fitness classes we have to offer, including yoga. We can
easily provide recommendations for first classes to try,
etc. If you would like more information, please contact
Paul Milsap at firstname.lastname@example.org or 665-3234. Eden
Jessie Holland teaches yoga and does accept teens. In fact,
she has a yoga class that's about to start for beginners.
Although I haven't taken her class, friends of mine have.
They say she's really good, and they've enjoyed the class.
She teaches at a few studios-Berkeley & Oakland. I'm not
sure of the location for the beginning class that will be
starting later in September. Her number is 510- 926-0577
or e-mail her at HollandJessica@Yahoo.com. RMI
I would like to recommend Carrie Adams and the Yoga Kula on
Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. Carrie is a great, very
supportive and patient teacher. My 16 year old daughter has
taken classes with her and been very happy. She teaches a 6
pm beginning class on Monday nights. Marel
Looking for a teen meditation group for my 14 yr old
daughter who visits us monthly. She would like to meet peers
in this area to build friendships. Something more to look
forward to than visiting family.
the buddhist peace fellowship has a teen program, check it
also, i belong to the berkeley zen center at 1931 Russell,
near the ashby bart station. we have regular meditation
instruction and daily meditation; we have a few young
people in our community, including one high school
Spirit Rock has a meditation program for teens, I know
they have classes and groups in Berkeley. Look at their
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