TAKE 5 is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln research based program designed for educators, wellness professionals, parents, grandparents, community leaders, and anyone interested in guiding youth to better social-emotional wellness.

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This LIVE, online 3-hour course begins at 9am PT/Noon ET.

Join Take 5 Developer, Sheila Palmquist E-RYT500, RCYT, RPYT, YACEP® (pictured at right), for this live, online course designed to help you confidently share the TAKE 5 methods and practices with youth. 

TAKE 5 Teachers guide youth to:
• Learn techniques to self-regulate behavior and emotions     
• Develop peace and stillness in the midst of chaos
• Quiet the mind to become more receptive to learning
• Build self-awareness and self-responsibility
• Improve confidence and self-esteem
• Reduce anxiety, depression and anger  

TAKE 5 is a research-based teacher certification program aimed at bringing yoga principles to pockets of society that need them most, such as schools and foster care systems. Acting on its mission “to address and manage behavior issues that lead to childhood obesity, stress, self-abuse, bullying, and violent behavior of all kinds,” the program is designed to be easy to learn and to complement any behavior modification systems already in place. The heart of the program is simple: teach kids to project, rather than suppress, their emotions, and teach them to express these emotions in healthy and efficient ways.

The program is divided into five sections: breathing practices, exercise and movement, drawing and journaling, concentration and relaxation, and talk or touch. Simple sentence starters such as "I feel safe when...," "I am happiest when...," combined with child-friendly asana practices, direct students to explore their emotions and bridge the mind-body gap. A Teacher Manual is provided for your reference.  

TAKE 5’s emphasis is awareness of body, mind and internal conflict. Respect for personal space, and high-level concentration practices to enhance self control (reactions/resolutions) are taught and used daily. Learning that we are powerful, not powerless has a major impact on focus, academics and nonviolent behavior. TAKE 5 is also a way of leading by example. Allowing educators, parents, and siblings to say, “I need to TAKE 5 because I’m about to react poorly”, connects us all as humans, neither “good” nor “bad”. ​ 

Investment for this 3-hour, live and online Teacher Certification course is $89