The four benefits of yoga for teens

It’s hard to be a teenager these days. Teenagers are subject to many distractions, temptations, overstimulation and peer pressure. Yoga can do more than improve your teen’s flexibility, strength and endurance. It can also help reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and mental clarity, and help your teen develop body awareness.

Yoga has a rich history

Yoga is believed to have originated around 5,000 years ago in India, but some researchers believe it dates back even further. Although researchers disagree on when yoga became popular, the benefits of integrating the practice into daily life are undeniable. Yoga has long been touted by doctors as a way to help adults deal with stress, insomnia, arthritis relief, heart health, and other issues. So, if practicing yoga as an adult is beneficial for overall health, what are the benefits of yoga for teens? It turns out that doing yoga with teens and introducing them to the practice is just as beneficial as incorporating it into your own fitness routine.

Children’s emotional and physical abilities and needs change as they grow. Yoga can benefit teens in the following ways:

1. Physical health

Teenagers are under a lot of pressure to look a certain way. Yoga helps teens improve their physical shape without focusing on their physical appearance. Additionally, as teens get older, yoga offers incredible benefits such as improved posture and spinal health, flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination.

2. Stress Management

Teenagers have a lot to do, from managing exams and college admissions to juggling extracurricular activities and homework, as well as navigating social situations. Yoga can help teens take time for themselves while developing strong coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety.

3. Better Focus

Teenage brains aren’t made for sitting in a classroom for eight hours a day. Add to that hormones, sports, activities, friends, and social media, and it’s easy to see why teens have trouble concentrating. Yoga can help teens focus their attention, increase their attention span, and focus better throughout the day.

4. Trust

Puberty and peer pressure can undermine a teen’s confidence, which is why so many teens struggle to have a positive self-image. Yoga can provide teens with a regular practice of self-love, which can aid in the development of confidence and a positive self-image surrounding their identity and body. Yoga practices that focus on the third chakra, or solar plexus, are especially beneficial for increasing confidence, self-esteem, ambition, and setting personal boundaries.