Activating Courage, Purpose & Creativity
Mela Yoga's Teen Yoga Tribe offers middle and high school students (grades 5-12) a space to develop inner clarity & confidence, to reduce stress & anxiety and to create connections in community & friendship. Within walking distance from both Burlingame and San Mateo High Schools, the programs meet 1-2 times per week and include yoga for strength and flexibility, meditation, guided relaxation, group games, yoga art and more!
Upcoming Class Series:
Teen Yoga Birthday Parties & Private Events:
Host your next birthday party or private event at Mela! We create yoga parties for kids grades 5-12, including Girl Scout troops, sports teams and others. Choose a theme – "Yoga Spa", "Find Your Inner Unicorn", "Goddess Magic" – or create your own!
What Teens Are Saying:
Stephanie makes yoga about more than just exercise. The class was enjoyable for everyone, from the athletic to the not-so athletic.
– Rebecca, 12th grade
Yoga helps me whenever I'm stressed out and need a break. It allows me to calm down and focus on what's important.
– Kelsey, 8th grade
I've learned to really notice my feelings, and how to slow down and relax by breathing and using certain yoga poses.
– Jose, 8th grade
Why Yoga for Teens?
Navigating adolescence is increasingly complicated these days, as our children are constantly bombarded with messages about who they should and shouldn't be, how they should and shouldn't act, and what they should and shouldn't be involved in to achieve success. This is often a time when feelings of isolation and loneliness can seem overwhelming, despite the number of online friends or virtual connections one might have. What yoga offers is simple – the experience and practice of self-care. Within the context of an inclusive, supportive environment, students gain greater awareness and understanding of how their bodies function, how their minds work, and how their spirit can guide them towards a life of joy and fulfillment regardless of external circumstance.
Meet the Educators:
Stephanie Chee Barea
A former high school science teacher, grade dean, and co-founder of the Burke High School Leadership Program, Stephanie Chee Barea has over 17 years of experience working with teens. For the past 10 years, her focus has been on bringing yoga to both middle and high school students, in schools as well as in studios. She has successfully led teen yoga retreats to the Bahamas, and continues to find new ways to incorporate yoga and meditation into the lives of our young people.
Barbara Solis is a RN, Wellness Coach, and Yoga/Meditation Educator. She has over 24 years experience working with all ages to improve their lives through knowledge, self-awareness, extreme self-care and compassion for oneself and others.