WHY TRY TEEN YOGA?
PS. It's more than just an exercise class
There's ongoing research that suggests yoga can benefit young people in a number of ways, including:
Better focus and concentration: how many times has brain fog stopped you from studying or getting a job done? Like any other skill, concentration can be developed and yoga is the ideal starting point. By listening to instructions, practising tricky balance poses (hello Tree pose!), and playing with breath techniques, you'll soon start to notice that your concentration is getting better, deeper and more prolonged.
Increases energy: our bodies need to move and the beauty of yoga Is that you don’t need to be sporty, fit or flexible to do it. You take every session at your own pace, listening to your own body’s needs - you decide how far you want to go into each pose.
Improves sleep: disrupted or lack of sleep is one of the biggest causes of mental health problems. Yoga gives you the chance to properly free the mind and switch off and has even been shown to help with better sleep at night.
Stabilises mood: ever wondered why that early morning stretch when you get out of bed feels so good? It's all to do with the nervous system. Yoga incorporates many tricks that help to calm the nervous system, sending signals that tell the brain to relax. If you're feeling anxious, low in mood, stressed or agitated, yoga might be able to help.
Boosts self-esteem: imagine what it would be like to be happy in your own skin? Yoga teaches you to be accepting of who you are, without the need to compare yourself or compete with others. By checking in with your body and mind in each session, you learn to listen to yourself and your needs. You learn to love yourself a little more each day.
Builds resilience: the buzzword of the decade, our resilience has been tested more than ever in the last two years. But, it's an important life skill that can be developed over time. By trying new and challenging yoga poses (Crow pose, anyone?) and holding tricky poses, you will discover that you are capable of doing more than you ever imagined.
Creates connection: yoga helps you to develop a connection with yourself but this also extends out to those around us. By practising as a group, as part of a welcoming and inclusive community, you will feel supported, safe and at peace, both on and off your mat.