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Retreat in southwest France- May 30 to June 2

Dans le carrefour du coeur : Exploring  Anahata  Chakra in Angoul√™me During this retreat, we will make time to feel, to observe, to reflect, and to open to the world around us in this ancient and vibrant fortified town, which is positioned at the centre of many convergent pathways. Using our full-bodied  physical yoga practice, meditation, breathing, and sound,  we will focus primarily on the energetic heart centre, anahata chakra,  exploring:       - the depth of its wisdom      - the reach of its embrace      - its role as a space for connection, integration and expansion      - its foundational role in what we think of as our "humanity"  In addition to the guidance of ShinGaia founder, Ann Moradian, we will be joined by Angouleme Integral Yoga instructor Belisa Evangelista, who will guide the group in a 2-hour workshop introducing the seven primary chakras within the context of our practice of the "sun salutation".  Please contact

Mental Health and Youth in the US

The mental health crisis among America's youth is real – and staggering. Between 2009 and 2017, rates of major depression among 20- to 21-year-olds more than doubled. The first signs of a problem started to emerge around 2014: More young people said they felt overwhelmed and depressed. College counseling centers reported sharp increases in the number of students seeking treatment for mental health issues. Even as studies were showing increases in symptoms of depression and in suicide among adolescents since 2010, some researchers called the concerns overblown and claimed there simply isn’t enough good data to reach that conclusion. The idea that there’s an epidemic in anxiety or depression among youth “is simply a myth,” psychiatrist Richard Friedman wrote in The New York Times last year . Others suggested young people were simply more willing to get help when they needed it. Or perhaps counseling centers’ outreach efforts were becoming more effective. But a new analysis o