Monique Prohaska

Yoga for Relieving Anxiety

As a mental health provider, in addition to being a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Reiki Practitioner, I treat many clients who are struggling with anxiety on a daily basis. We have the normal issues from children experiencing anxiety when making new friends, to the adolescent trying to figure out...

How To Help Kids Express Themselves Through Art

  A fun, non-threatening way to introduce kids to art is through using magazine photos and words to express their personalities!   Kids can sometimes be intimidated by art materials as well as their abilities to produce art, and using magazines can help reduce that fear or performance anxiety. There...

Building A Child’s Self-Esteem

Positive self-esteem is the cornerstone for healthy development and forming lasting connections, inter- and intra-personally.  When I first began doing art therapy 15 years ago, I noticed many of my younger clients had difficulty expressing and identifying positive attributes about themselves.   The alternative school I was working at began...

The Worry Monster: Art Therapy for Children Ages 3 – 7

  Sometimes our children come to us, or other adults, when they are feeling scared or worried about something.  They may tell us through trembling bodies, their words, insomnia, emotional instability, and, maybe, even through silence that something just isn’t right in their world.   One way we can have...

Serving Teens in Our Communities

As part of my graduation requirement for my Yoga Teacher Training I had an opportunity, along with my group of talented women, to develop a Seva Project to bring yoga to our communities.   “Seva” in Sanskrit means ‘selfless service.’  Seva Projects are based on classic yoga principals, such as self-exploration,...

A Simple Way to De-Stress the Holidays

  During my yoga training to become a certified yoga instructor I came across a meditation technique called Yoga Nidra.  Yoga Nidra meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce several psychosomatic diseases such as:  hypertension, stress, diabetes, migraine, asthma, ulcers, digestive disorders, and skin diseases that are caused by the...

Yoga For Children

In our bustling life, children are bombarded with many stressors as well as sensory overload.  School, friends, extra-curricular activities, video games, busy parents, and competitive sports, just to name a few!  Because we are on the move so much, we forget that our children can be affected by these daily...

Helping Children Cope With Going Back to School

The end of summer is upon us which means, for many of us, school is right around the corner.  Last minute vacation get-aways, getting the kids (or yourself!) to bed a little earlier,  and the ritual of buying school supplies, clothes and picking out the perfect backpack are what many...