Yoga for teens and young people is a powerful tool for self-exploration and awareness. Many changes are taking place at this age and yoga positively supports this transition. A regular yoga practice during these years can help to balance the body’s chemistry and physiology and it will benefit the mind, body and soul.
Yoga helps teenagers deal with changing emotions, as well as physically nurturing the body’s flexibility. It provides a safe, secure, non-competitive environment, a space of deep acceptance where diversity is valued and encouraged. It helps to build self-confidence and offers a framework for teens to see positive shifts, without the pressure of needing to change. It is a joyful space to ‘be’ and a chance for much needed relaxation. The yoga class is a wonderful platform for teens to work on self-acceptance, self-love and to generally make positive changes in their lives.
This is the perfect age to reap the incredible benefits of yoga, which happen on a physical, emotional and mental level.
Emotional & Mental Benefits
- Improves concentration and energy levels
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Encourages positive relationship with the body
- Releases anxiety and feelings of negativity
- Brings clarity and calm through relaxation and meditation techniques
- Enhances stillness of mind
- Improves memory retention
- Creates a deeper sense of self awareness
- Encourages creativity, self expression and self confidence
- Recharges the immune system
- Supports the respiratory and circulatory systems
Who does yoga appeal to?
Sporty students do yoga to develop performance in their game.
Non sporty people like yoga because it’s a non-competitive way to keep active.
Boys practise it to increase stamina, strength and confidence in relation to their body as it grows and changes.
Girls enjoy relaxation and flexibility exercises which promote emotional and physical wellbeing.
Students with Special Educational Needs enjoy and benefit from stretching and relaxation.
Young people need yoga
Research has shown that the number of young people reporting feelings of depression and anxiety is rising and there is a trend for the rates of these disorders to increase in the transition between childhood and adolescence.” Amy Morgan, Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds.
Ofsted requires every school to actively promote and evaluate students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. Yoga classes support SMSC education by encouraging students to explore and reflect on life purpose, cause and effect, resilience, obstacles, relationships, feelings and emotions.
Yoga is taught in many schools across the UK – Part of the PE curriculum – Part of PHSE curriculum – An elective in an enrichment programme – A lunch time or after-school club activity – An intervention to maximise the achievement of disadvantaged students.
Millions of people around the world practise the ancient discipline of Yoga. Many students will have heard of yoga because it has a strong following among celebrities such as Ryan Giggs, Harry Styles, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kaley Cuoco.