Girl on Fire
Girl on Fire
is an exciting new program created by award winning author Jenny Kierstead, founder of Breathing Space Yoga Studios and Yoga in Schools.
The spark of this program was ignited when Rehtaeh Parsons took her life in April of 2013 at the age of 17.
Jenny, along with many in Canada, was devastated by this outcome of violence inflicted on yet another young woman. At the news of her death, she went into prayer and asked how she could contribute by planting seeds of love, respect and empowerment in the soil of her life’s legacy. This program is the answer to that question.
To all the young women who, in the depths of a darkened reality, have taken their own lives. May their love essence shine through in these teachings and may we, in honor of their struggle, say yes to glowing radiantly as Girls on Fire.
The Girl on Fire Program is a 12-week program containing both theory and physical practice. Each weekly class is themed according to the 10 Girl on Fire inner treasures of self-awareness, self-worth, confidence, discernment, resilience, discipline, optimism, contentment, connection and essence. These inner treasures were created with the hope that by cultivating these core competencies, girls will have the skills to live empowered, joy-filled, and harmonious lives.
The program includes several components:
* Movement sequences designed to balance and strengthen body, mind and energy
* Cognitive therapy to heal emotional issues and limiting thinking
* Wisdom teachings that foster self-esteem and confidence and awaken our inner radiance
* Self-honoring practices that help to establish healthy boundaries and cultivate supportive relationships
* Reflective exercises on what it means to be strong young women contributing positively in the world today
This program really works! Through our very first pilot program we have seen a difference in the lives of girls who have taken this program.
Through the pilot program the 10 Core Competencies were subcategorizing into four categories:
- Intra-personal - self-awareness, self-worth, confidence
- Capacity - resilience, discipline, discernment
- Dispositional - contentment, optimism
- Interpersonal - connection, and essence.
Significant gains were made in each of the four sub-categories: Intra-personal (26%), Capacity (26%), Dispositional (26%), and Interpersonal (15%).
There was also an exceptional 44% improvement in the Resiliency competency!
In the final week, students were asked what they like best about the program. The top three answers were:
- a sense of community/friendships,
- yoga, and
- the teachers
Some feedback from the participants included:
“I will always know to love myself - that is my favourite thing I learned”
“The biggest impact the girl on fire program has had on my life is that it’s taught me to be confident in myself and to always be 100% sure of myself no matter what others think, that I am an individual and beautiful the way I am, and I believe that’s one of the most important lessons every girl should have”
“I can be a better, happier version of myself and all girls should also have access to this information instead of dealing with things ‘cluelessly’ and feeling alone”
Feedback from a classroom teacher was given around the eight-week mark of the program.
“Student X, has a better attitude. She is more mature and enthusiastic to do her work, and to get it in on time. She always had this potential to care and be a good leader, now though - It is shining through.”
“Three cheers for Girl on Fire and its positive effects on our female students!” Pilot teacher assistant.
For more information on our Girl on Fire curriculum, manuals and training opportunities click here.