Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers - DVD Review

DVD Synopsis:
Abby Wills, MA, with the help of young teens, has developed a transformational new yoga program, Shanti Generation, created to help tweens and teens develop confidence and strength while cultivating inner peace and mindfulness.  The first DVD in the series, Yoga Skills For Youth Peacemakers, offers invaluable tools for children ages 7-16 and is available on DVD at major retail outlets as well as its five digital "pathways" available on VOD platforms later in the month.

Yoga, practiced by nearly 14 million American adults, has developmental benefits for young people that can help develop self-confidence, combat obesity, and support academic achievement.  Wills is a Southern California yoga instructor whose unique insights enable her to understand the specific needs of the educator and the day-to-day classroom experience to attend the student's physical education requirements.  She has developed an innovative yoga program created in tandem with seven Los Angeles teenagers and set to soothing music by Aaron Willis (aka P-Nut), the bassist of the rock band, 311.  The result, Shanti Generation, is making it easier to introduce the lifelong benefits of yoga into schools by making it classroom friendly.  The yoga program cultivates social and emotional learning through mindfulness practices including movement, breathing, and meditation.  Each practice is offered in a context directly relevant to the developmental needs of adolescent youth. 

DVD Features:

Optional narration in Spanish and Japanese

Interviews with the seven teen yoga students

Over 30 unique options for beginner and experienced yogis

My Review:

I personally do not know a lot about yoga, as it is not an art that I partake in often.  However, I know that it's beneficial to a person's emotional and physical well-being.  This DVD is the first I've heard of directly geared towards tweens and teens.  My kids have viewed this yoga DVD a handful of times now, practicing the yoga moves and breathing techniques.  I've watched it with them and find that it's well put together.  There are sequences on Creating Happiness, Energy Amplified, Choosing Peace, Being Sound, and Voice Choice Possibility.  There are also breathing techniques that focus on stress management and self-regulation.  There are both genders of girls and boys of different races, making it appealing to all kids.  The teenagers in the video actually demonstrate the exercises themselves.  It's set at a consistent and fair pace for kids to learn the techniques.  My kids, who have never practiced yoga before, felt a little silly at first with the exercises and having others watch them.  But once they got into the groove of it, they enjoyed it and found it to be a fun experience.

I received DVD for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products.  Your opinions and results may differ.