The Balance Barn at Suffield

Suffield's state-of-the-art healthy lifestyle center is called “The Balance Barn.” It is located next to the Courtney Robinson ’88 Leadership Center. Inspired by the vision of Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, the barn offers yoga and mindfulness classes, and a quiet lounge for reflection. It houses a series of programs for every student—those familiar with these activities and those with no previous exposure. It is about helping people be more balanced and mindful. Each 9th-Grade leadership class pursues activities in the Balance Barn, and several athletic teams do yoga in the space. Classes and programs are offered to the entire community on weekends and in evenings and early mornings.

Yoga Class Schedule

Monday @ 4:00pm [Football]
Wednesday @ 1pm [Cross Country]
Friday @ 6:30pm [Community]
Saturday @ 6:15am [Community]
 
Email Mrs. Cahn if you plan to attend. Yoga bus departs from Brewster 15 minutes before the start of each class. 
According to Psychology Today Yoga practice helps teens in several ways:

Improve fitness and physical health.
Students participating in yoga develop a strong connection to body awareness and movement. The poses help improve coordinate, balance, strength, and flexibility.

Reduce stress and anxiety.
High school can be a stressful period with both academic and personal challenges. Yoga, through breath and awareness, provides space to step back and regulate your response to stress in a calm and thoughtful manner.

Improve optimism.
Studies have shown that yoga can help build a sense of optimism. During a time when children and teens are looking toward their future, yoga can build a sense of hopefulness for the future.

Improve focus and school performance
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common developmental disorders in children and adolescents and affects 1 in 10 children. Studies have found that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who practiced yoga once or twice weekly can improve their behavior as well as school performance.

Improve self-esteem and body image
High school can be a formative time in which teens often struggle with body image issues, peer pressure, and bullying. Yoga creates an accepting and safe environment, rooted in the principle of non-judgment. The practice helps you feel more connected to and accepting of your body.

Encourage creativity
Yoga encourages creativity and playfulness, developing not just physical flexibility but flexibility of the mind as well.

Develop discipline and self-regulation
Yoga that is taught with mindfulness has significant advantages over traditional physical activity. Yoga has been found to reduce impulsivity, increase patience, and improve the ability to regulate attention.
Yoga and mindfulness provide teens with skills to navigate challenges and build a core foundation that benefits both the mind and body well beyond teenage years.

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  • More About the Balance Barn

    Completed Fall 2014   Suffield’s new state-of-the-art healthy lifestyle center called The Balance Barn is located on the western part of campus next to the Courtney Robinson '88 Leadership Center. Inspired by the vision of Hillary Rockwell Cahn ’88, yoga, pilates, and barre classes are offered in the barn and there is a meditation loft for reflection. This is a building and series of programs for every student—those familiar with these activities and those with no previous exposure. It is about helping people be more balanced and mindful.
     
    Research has shown that activities such as yoga and mindfulness meditation can vastly improve the lives of adolescents by helping them to develop self-awareness and confidence. They offer improved cardiovascular fitness and overall health, better posture, reduced stress, increased strength and flexibility, and more joy and harmony in living.
     
    The barn is a remarkable addition to the Academy, as weekend and evening classes are offered and various athletic teams and leadership classes use the space for yoga and mindfulness exercises. Goals include: a) having another vehicle for Suffield students and faculty to step away from their busy, technology-filled worlds to focus on their overall wellness and health and b) creating positive experiences for students that can inspire positive lifelong activities. “This is another way Suffield is distinguishing itself from other schools—by seeing a need for stepping aside from constant overload and think clearly. It helps enhance overall productivity, health, and happiness,” said Headmaster Charlie Cahn.

Even LeBron Does Yoga


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