Children dealing with anxiety and depression can access free classes to help their wellbeing when a new self-development centre opens in south Liverpool.
Awake will offer a full timetable of free children’s classes, encouraging kids to practice fitness, yoga, meditation, mindfulness and wellbeing, which can reduce anxiety, depression and stress.
The centre in Old Swan will open in March and was created by former MMA fighter and businessman Mark Scanlon along with yoga and meditation veteran Dianne Atherton.
There will be sessions for both adults and children to combat and prevent mental disorders and promote inner peace, health and wellbeing.
Awake will offer paid-for adults morning classes including its transformational High Frequency Fitness class that raises your vibration through a power hour of 20/20/20 domination of circuit training, yoga and mediation.
But all children's classes will be complimentary and funded by the payments made for the adult classes - something both Mark and Dianne are passionate about to ensure that Awake is readily available to each and every child in the city.
That way, adults participating in the classes are not only helping themselves become healthier and more mindful, but they're also providing the same service for children.
Mark said: "Awake is something that I've been wanting to do for such a long time. Mental health disorders have become more common, and helping people who are struggling is something I feel so passionate about.
"I have been working closely with children in various Liverpool schools on the I Am Project and I am really excited to roll this out across other schools in the city, to educate and motivate more children.
"I'm an avid believer in the power of positivity and can't wait to welcome people of all ages to the centre to help them transform their thinking."
Dianne added: "Yoga, meditation and mindfulness is a recipe for a much healthier and happier life. I've been practicing yoga, breath work and meditation for over 15 years and am so excited to start delivering powerful classes to both adults and children.
"Anxiety, depression and stress is so widely spoken about now and an increasing amount of children are suffering from the effects of mental health.
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"We want to challenge the norm and invest in our youth so that they can be more mindful and create healthy and positive habits that will change how they perceive life and deal with certain situations."
Children’s classes will alternate between practicing mindfulness, fitness, meditation and yoga to encourage creating positive habits, and in turn reducing the risk of developing anxiety, depression, stress and other mental health disorders.
Awake will have many initiatives included the I Am Project, spearheaded by Mark which is a combination of martial arts training, mindfulness and mentoring.