Some press about the good yoga may do for people with mental illness. This is an inspiring video and I'm so glad to see others teaching yoga to this population. Everyone deserves a peaceful life!
Yoga and Mental Illness
I would like to draw attention to a claim made in the video that "studies have shown the positive effect of yoga on a range of mental illnesses." The evidence on yoga's effect on people suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar is pretty minimal. Although there have been a few studies, it's too early to draw definitive conclusions.
However, I am continually impressed by the changes my students with mental illness make in a few short weeks. I consistently get comments like, "I feel so relaxed," "I'm in a better mood," and "I practice yoga at home too." They are clearly feeling benefits, which is enough for the moment. I am so proud to teach for Trilogy.
learning process. Truly feeling the impact that yoga has made on her life, its allowance to just be, Jennie strives to incorporate yoga in different formats and expressions into every single moment. Jennie has decided to devote her time inspiring, motivating, and journeying with other individuals through their process of clearing out clutter in the mind, seeing past obstructions, into their true beauty and light within.
“The mind is everything, what you think, you become.” -Buddha
Inspired by music, art, and those who perceive life, love, and happiness in an alternative way, past external influence, Jennie believes that yoga is an individual path meant to cultivate a life lived creatively, expressively, and fearlessly free of bias, judgment, and the “one size fits all” mentality. To be courageous! To be yourself.
“Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.” -Osho
In addition, Jennie is a certified Learning and Behavior Specialist (LBS1) who previously taught as a Special Education Teacher in the Chicagoland suburbs. With her educational background and recent training with Sonia Sumar in Yoga for the Special Child, Jennie is well-equipped and capable of providing services related to yoga in a way that is accommodated and modified to meet each student’s individual needs. Providing structure is valued. Once established, it allows for ignition of true expression and freedom within each individual creating an opening and inspiring space to feel peace and connectedness with one’s inner child.
Erin Haddock is the director of Five Keys Yoga, LLC.