Title Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents
Author Matthew Brensilver, JoAnna Hardy, Oren Jay Sofer
ISBN 9780393713794
List price USD 24.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 240
Book size 159 x 235 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“In a world with many wonderful books on an important topic, this one stands above the crowd with practical advice built on hard won experience. Brensilver, Hardy, and Sofer empower not just adolescents but their caregivers and communities as well. A gift to mindfulness educators everywhere.

—Christopher Willard, PsyD, author of Growing Up Mindful and Alphabreaths , part time faculty at Harvard Medical School


In Teaching Mindfulness to Adolescents, the ‘what’ (curriculum) is important, but not as important as the ‘how’ (quality of the teacher’s presence and mindset). This book shows the way to give life to mindfulness teaching with authenticity, ethics, and integrity—always starting with, and coming back to, the teacher’s own personal mindfulness practice. I highly recommended it to all adults who wants to bring mindfulness to youth, and to all adults who care deeply about young people.”

—Dzung X. Vo, M.D., author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time


“In a time when teens face real inner and outer challenges, and quick-fix, faux mindfulness offerings are increasingly popular, this book is a true gift. Every page is infused with the authors’ deep personal mindfulness practices and their years of experience in sharing these practices with diverse youth.

—Amy Saltzman, M.D., Director of Still Quiet Place, Director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education


“Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Adolescents is a gorgeous gift in learning how to raise a generation of empaths. I am so grateful for the lesson in ‘building relationships, leaving space, and establishing personal relevance.’ As a parent and individual, I felt deep support and a renewed understanding in the most important teachings and practices a person can have. I particularly loved this book’s guidance on the reminder to ‘make space to listen.’ Thank you to JoAnna Hardy, Matthew Brensilver, and Oren Jay Sofer for bringing such essential teaching to light.”

—Laura Dern, Actor and Producer


“Bolstered by the authors’ years of meditation practice and real-world experience, this excellent book is a tract on how to navigate the ups and downs of daily life that not only supports readers in their work with adolescents but in their own lives as well.

—Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child, Mindful Games, and the Inner Kids Program


“This book is a cutting-edge resource for any youth professional wanting to share mindfulness with teens. Brensilver, Hardy, and Sofer offer a skillful, innovative, and developmentally tailored approach that promotes youth receptivity and buy-in. Sharing mindfulness is much more than teaching techniques, and this book will give you everything you need; from the practice of cultivating relationships, to working with resistance, to tough conversations about the issues teens struggle with. I recommend this book without hesitation.”

—Sam Himelstein, PhD, author of Trauma-Informed Mindfulness with Teens: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals


“Wise and revolutionary. These are skilled and caring teachers giving you the real deal. They show how to soothe, inspire, and awaken the teenage spirit.”

—Jack Kornfield, PhD, bestselling author of A Path with Heart


“Effectively sharing mindfulness with teenagers depends on distinct skill sets . . . done well, it is incredibly joyous.”

Matthew Brensilver, JoAnna Hardy and Oren Jay Sofer provide a powerful guide to help teachers master the essential competencies needed to successfully share mindfulness practices with teens and adolescents. Incorporating anecdotes from actual teaching, they blend the latest scientific research with innovative, original techniques for making the practices accessible and interesting to this age group. This text is an indispensable handbook for mindfulness instruction in its own right, and a robust companion volume for teachers using The Mindful Schools Curriculum for Adolescents. Also available as a two-book set.




Chapter 1. The Promise of Mindfulness

Chapter 2. Tailoring Mindfulness to Adolescent Development

Chapter 3. You Are the Instrument: Personal Practice and Embodied Teaching

Chapter 4. Mutual Respect: Creating Connection and Building Relationship

Chapter 5. Establishing Relevance and Fostering Group Engagement

Chapter 6. Working with Resistance and Overcoming Obstacles

Chapter 7. Anger, Self-Harshness, and Self-Compassion

Chapter 8. Navigating Pleasures and Distractions: Technology, Sex, and Substances

Chapter 9. Trauma, Mindfulness, and Mitigating Harm

Chapter 10. Our Moment: Expanding the Circle of Care


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About the Authors:

Matthew Brensilver, MSW, PhD, is a member of the Teachers Council and Guiding Teachers Executive Committee at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He previously served as Program Director for Mindful Schools and for more than a decade, was a core teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He lectures at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center about the intersections between mindfulness and mental health and teaches retreats nationally. Before committing to teaching meditation full-time, he spent years doing research on addiction pharmacotherapy at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and is interested in the unfolding dialogue between meditation and science. 

JoAnna Hardy has been teaching meditation practices to young people since 2005.  She teaches retreats, is on the Spirit Rock teachers council, and focuses her work on building multicultural community with a focus on social and racial justice issues.

Oren Jay Sofer leads retreats and workshops on meditation and communication throughout the United States. A member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, he holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University and is a Certified Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for the healing of trauma.

Target Audience:

This book is useful for all educators, caregivers & adults who wants to bring mindfulness to teens and adolescents.


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