why it matters
Yoga and Mindfulness are beneficial practices for young people, especially teenagers, as the adolescent years can be very difficult for some. Studies have shown that yoga and mindfulness are both cost efficient preventions, interventions, and self-esteem boosters for young people. They have been proven to boost self-esteem, aid decision making, and improve test results.
What Are The Benefits?
Yoga makes you feel better overall. Practising breathing techniques, postures and meditation can help young people to restore their health and wellbeing. Research shows that yoga helps manage and control many mental, physical and emotional issues.
Yoga for young people can help:
Reduce stress, tension and anxiety
Increase confidence, self-esteem and motivation
Improve focus and concentration
Increase awareness of actions and emotions
Encourage health during development
Develop strength, flexibility and stamina
Mindfulness allows young people to become aware of the present moment and pay particular attention to their thoughts, feelings and sensations. It has been found to reduce problems such as anxiety, depression and negative thoughts.
Mindfulness can help young people to:
Recognise, slow down or stop automatic and habitual reactions
Respond more effectively to difficult situations
See situations more clearly
Become more creative
Achieve balance and resilience