Practicing yoga is important for youth for many of the same reasons it is important for adults. Yoga helps them to relax, relieve stress and anxiety, sleep better, improve emotional regulation, increase empathy, and improve mood and affect.
When youth learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life's challenges with a little more ease.
Studies have shown that yoga can help build a sense of optimism.
Yoga also encourages creativity and playfulness, developing not just physical flexibility but flexibility of the mind as well.
By paying attention to their minds and bodies, youth look inward to better understand their thoughts and feelings. Practicing yoga helps them to understand and manage their emotions based on the situation.
Like any physical exercise, practicing yoga helps youth to release their negative thoughts and feelings, bring about mental clarity, and feel better about themselves.
Children who practice mindfulness tend to perform better academically and have improved social skills
Yoga helps to improve memory and cognitive function by creating focus within.
Yoga Improves Regions of the Brain that Manage Pain.
Researchers believe that yoga offers a combination of physical practice, conscious breathing, and cognitive frameworks (for example, the idea of seeing pain as “sensation,” without labeling it as “good” or “bad”) that allows us to manage and tolerate pain with more ease.
It is well known that the ancient art of yoga promotes health and wellbeing, but a great side benefit of regular yoga practice is that it can dramatically support and expand creative expression.
Creative activities help us acknowledge and celebrate our own uniqueness and diversity.
Yoga Promotes Healthy Eating Habits
Yoga encourages mindfulness, which can be used to help promote mindful eating and healthy eating habits.
Mindful eating, also known as intuitive eating, is a concept that encourages being present in the moment while eating.
It is about paying attention to the taste, smell and texture of your food and noticing any thoughts, feelings or sensations you experience while eating.
This practice has been shown to promote healthy eating habits that help control blood sugar, increase weight loss and treat disordered eating behaviors.
Yoga boosts self-esteem.
High school can be a formative time in which teens often struggle with body image issues, peer pressure, and bullying. Yoga creates an accepting and safe environment, rooted in the principle of non-judgment. The practice helps teens feel more connected to and accepting of their body.
Yoga that is taught with mindfulness has significant advantages over traditional physical activity. Yoga has been found to reduce impulsivity, increase patience, and improve the ability to regulate attention.
This helps teens be able to take a step back before reacting to difficult situations.
Yoga is non-judgemental, and the more teens practice, the more acceptance and less judgement they will have in their daily lives. With each practice they become more compassionate for one another.
Yoga encourages self-love and self-acceptance.
Builds muscle strength.
Increases blood flow.
Drains lymphs and boosts immunity.
Lowers blood pressure.
Improves sleep quality.
Regulates adrenal glands.
Lowers blood sugar.
Helps you focus.
Helps IBS and other digestive problems.
Keeps allergies and viruses at bay.
Encourages self care.
Helps with migraines.
Promotes healthy eating habits.
Improves quality of life.
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