Shanti Generation

Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers
Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers. DVD. 90 min. Cinema Libre Studio. 2011. ISBN unavail. $16.95
Gr 5 Up—Intended to bring peace and awareness to teens, this yoga program was developed as a tool to combat bullying and other negative behaviors. Yoga teacher Abby Wills takes viewers through a library of yoga poses divided into three categories: focus, energy, and calm. Calming music plays in the background as the poses are demonstrated and a voice-over describes how to do them. There are three other sections. "Choose Your Own Path," poses work on self-awareness to assist students in making good choices. "Breathing Room" demonstrates techniques that use breathing to regulate energy. In the "Self-connection Room," students demonstrate poses that can be practiced anywhere in order to connect with yourself. Clearly, a lot of time and thought was put into developing this program. As an alternative to traditional anti-bullying programs, it is a breath of fresh air.—Kefira Philippe, Nichols Middle School, Evanston, IL

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