The Mental Health Alternatives for Teens nonprofit organization held its first monthly event at Right Balance Pilates in Lewes April 4.
Pilates instructor and yoga teacher Laura Michnya led the seven teen attendees in guided breath work. Right Balance Pilates owner Carin Langer instructed them in use of the reformer and Pilates exercises, linking breath and movement.
The teens next discussed the importance of using grounding techniques to be and feel more present in the body and mind by connecting with the earth.
Each student planted a succulent to take home as a reminder that they have the wisdom within to help them feel focused and connected to their feelings and emotions while living in the moment.
Mental Health Alternatives co-founder and functional health coach Diane Winiarczyk brought a variety of red fruits and vegetables for the teens to taste and explore how healthy food can encourage the emotional connection of feeling safe, secure and grounded to the root chakra, the body’s emotional energy system.
The next event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, at Urban Float in Rehoboth Beach. Space is limited to 10 teens and cost is $20 per person. Teens will experience a 30-minute float session, which can help decrease stress and anxiety, improve sleep and help with muscle relaxation, among many other benefits.
They will also experience fun activities led by Elizabeth Sanchez, holistic life coach and Mental Health Alternatives co-founder. She will help them learn about the connection to chakra balancing crystals and how they can have a profound impact on the emotional, mental and physical body,
Mental Health Alternatives is a nonprofit organization working with teens and the community to transform how adults think, talk and support mental health and wellness with teens.
To register a teen for an event, or learn more about sponsoring, go to mentalhealthalternatives.org/events.