Incorporating yoga in schools can positively impact the student experience

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I was 11 years old when I was nearly kicked out of school for flipping over my desk during a heated argument with my sixth grade English teacher. That wasn’t the first time I’d had a violent outburst in the middle of class, and sadly it wouldn’t be my last.

I remember getting suspended in third grade for telling my teacher, I didn’t have to listen to anything a white woman told me to do. This was primarily due to my growing hatred for how I was treated differently in…

A personal letter to my mother— the strongest, bravest person I know.

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On August 23, 1983 both of our lives changed. That was the day we both committed to a lifelong relationship that no man, force or otherwise could break.

That was the day you took on the responsibility of being a mother to a child that you hadn’t quite met, but already loved unconditionally. And in true childlike fashion, I promised to push you to your limits, challenge your every word, and cost you a small fortune. But I also committed to reciprocate the unconditional love you had already provided.

From the beginning you’ve been my rock, my biggest supporter (and…

Improve your well-being by forming good habits.

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Growing up in Baltimore, I’ve personally battled trauma and mental health issues since I was a child. Acting out became one of my greatest defense mechanisms. My father was a heroin addict who spent the majority of my life in and out of the prison system, forcing my mother to raise me alone.

I saw things that children shouldn’t; experienced things that most adults hadn’t. By the time I was 14, I was said to have acute anxiety and mild depression. Then at 26 I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety and Panic Disorder and mild-severe major depressive disorder.

After my…

Compassion and empathy are key to understanding.

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Anxiety can be challenging, not only for the 40 million Americans like myself who battle daily with an anxiety disorder, but also for the people in our lives fighting to love us through it all.

As someone who has battled anxiety and depression for almost 20 years, I know first hand how it feels to be misunderstood. I was born and raised in Baltimore during the height of the heroin epidemic, and was forced to live through things most people only hear about on the news or see on television. At 14 I was diagnosed with acute anxiety and depression.

Quentin Vennie

Author | Father | Speaker | Entrepreneur | Social Justice and Mental Health Advocate

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