Remember what it is like to be a teen? Everyone’s experience was different, but it is hard to argue that it wasn’t stressful at times. The more events we do and the more people we connect with, the more we could argue that TEENS NEED YOGA! But don’t just take our word for it…. Let’s discuss some benefits.
It isn’t uncommon for teens to struggle with self-esteem or body issues. Bodies change and peer pressure and the media can make teens quick to judge themselves and others. Yoga helps foster a sense of love for oneself and the community. By withdrawing from the outside world and looking inward teens can begin to discover and value their minds in a new way. Teen Yoga also helps with self-awareness and highlights the body’s beautiful capabilities. This may be an eye opening experience for teens that are not athletic, as well.
Improved Physical Fitness
Let’s admit it – most of us DID NOT like participating in gym class, at least not in every activity. Much of that is still true for todays imagine driven teenage population. Add onto that computers, video games, TV and cell phones (they don’t even have to WALK to the phone anymore!) teenagers are more likely to be sedentary than a couple decades ago. Even for fit teenagers, like athletes, yoga provides a different form of fitness and health like stretching and mental wellness.
It is Non-Competitive
This is one of my favorites. There are not too many activities out there for teenagers that are not competitive in some nature. There are also teenagers that do not mesh well with competitive activities or sports. Yoga is a non-competitive environment that encourages individuality and personal growth.
So you may be scratching your head at this one….but it’s true. In yoga the body is considered a temple to be treated with respect. It sometimes happen, as teenage girls move through different hormonal periods, that reminders about the body’s cleanliness are needed. Yoga helps to instill these values in a positive way. Even for boys with messy rooms…messy rooms equal messy minds!
And finally, yoga relieves anxiety. With all these things to worry about…school, sexuality, friends, homework, activities…teenagers can often feel stressed. According to Yoga Journal it is found that yoga can reduce anxiety within teens. One teen yoga class a week can provide an overwhelming amount of benefits.