Strengthening families requires a holistic approach.
It is critical to not only provide direct support to parents and caregivers, but also to ensure that the professionals who serve them are equipped with the self-awareness and regulation skills they need.
That’s why Bloom Yoga, a program managed by Sarah Crisafi at Illuminate Colorado, offers supportive, trauma-informed yoga for anyone who plays a part in family strengthening. That means kids, caregivers, and professionals alike!
Taking care of yourself is the first step in taking care of others.
Professionals have a lot on their plate. Helping families to work through a variety of difficult situations is mentally and emotionally draining. No professional should have to deal with stress on their own, which is why Bloom Yoga teaches skills that promote resilience– like self-awareness and self-regulation.
The definition of yoga is to build connection or union.
Through Bloom Yoga, professionals gain the tools they need to connect with themselves, which allows them to build more meaningful connections with the families they serve.
It is important for professionals to have strong connection building, self-awareness, and self-regulation skills not only for their own mental health and wellbeing, but also so they can model these skills for families.
When families see self-awareness and self-regulation skills modeled effectively, they are better able to be in tune with their own children and model these skills themselves. When professionals have the tools they need, everyone benefits.
Bloom Yoga is for everyone– even kids!
Bloom Yoga isn’t just for professionals. Sarah Crisafi also uses yoga to work with kids and families on strengthening the social emotional skills they need to thrive. When families participate in Bloom Yoga, they are having experiences that embody the protective factors.
Through the inherent skills built through mindfulness and yoga, Bloom Yoga gives caregivers the tools they need to interact with their kids in a meaningful way. Bloom Yoga allows time for connection, regulation, and co-regulation, skills which create an attunement between caregiver and child. Mindfulness and yoga can also create an environment where adults practice regulating their own stress, so they are better able to respond to children’s needs with compassion and empathy. A well regulated adult will help to create a well regulated child.
In the Bloom Yoga kids class, Sarah works with kids to build the social emotional tools they need to develop into healthy and thriving adults. Classes include the idea of being aware of feelings, understanding how the body reacts to those feelings, and then using tools to regulate or make changes if needed.
Bloom Yoga addresses child maltreatment prevention from multiple sides by supporting not only the professionals who work with families but also parents, caregivers, and children alike. Bloom Yoga truly embodies Illuminate Colorado’s mission of strengthening families, organizations, and communities to prevent child maltreatment.
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