Imagine a boot camp where you are not required to do pushups, run obstacles courses, or even sweat. The Calm Down Boot Camp, founded by Ali Tennen, is just that.
What is Calm Down Boot Camp?
Calm Down Boot Camps are relaxing, interactive, and inspirational trainings that help students and entrepreneurs with high ambitions, lower their stress. A multi-faceted approach is used to help participants learn how to calm down naturally.
What motivated you to create Calm Down Boot Camp?
I became motivated to create a Calm Down Boot Camp when I heard many of my yoga students complain about how they were ‘too busy to relax’. As a result, I began including inspirational content and practical tools my students could use and I received positive feedback. I decided to roll all these tools into training for yoga and non-yoga lovers.
I read on your blog that you are a teacher. Can you share what motivated you to pursue this profession?
As a teenager I began my own part time business, teaching piano. Before long, I had over forty students a week and realized that teaching was strength of mine. I struggled with confidence and motivation as a student. I believe that shaped me to become a compassionate and inspired teacher.
What advice would you offer teenage girls who are experiencing anxiety?
Recognize that when you feel anxious, oftentimes your feelings are trying to get your attention. Acknowledge these feelings by talking to someone you trust or journaling. Protect your mind from negative media and surround yourself with people who allow you to be yourself. Make an effort to empower yourself on a daily basis.
How would you encourage someone to follow their dreams?
Sometimes people don’t follow their dreams because they lack clarity, confidence or knowledge. If it’s clarity you lack, daydream daily by drawing, writing, and creating a vision board to stimulate your imagination. If it’s confidence you lack, don’t pay attention to the voices of your inner or outer doubters. If you need to learn, find a mentor that has done what you aspire to do and follow their lead.
My friends say that they don’t have time to meditate. What tips would you give someone who had limited time to decompress?
If you can’t meditate, imagine you’re on a beach sometimes. Try humming. Journal. Exercise.
Can you explain how laughing exercises relieve stress?
Laughing, to help relieve stress, is ridiculously powerful. It has been proven to lower stress hormones and it increases the feel good chemicals in the body. Laughter allows one to break out of serious mode. You can benefit from laughter simply by initiating it at will for five minutes a day.
What is your favourite quote to helps you gain perspective?
Dan Zadra said, “Worry is a misuse of the imagination.” This quote reminds me to use my imagination for good.
Ali Tennen has a Bachelor Degree in Music & Psychology and an Honours Degree in Education. She is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, Dream Coach, Strategy Coach and Laughter Yoga Leader. She has studied many facets of Healing Arts and uses a holistic approach with her students. For more information on her Calm Down Bootcamp Training please visist www.calmdown.ca.
Selina McCallum is a GEMgirl in the 2014/15 cohort, student at Marc Garneau C.I. and a Digital Journalism Intern for GEM.