A recent study shows yoga to be of great benefit to teens. The research is published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School conducted their study on 51 junior and senior high school students. Some of the students did a ten week yoga PE class, and some did a regular PE class. The yoga PE class included meditation, relaxation and breathing exercises, along with yoga poses. At the beginning of the ten week study, all the students took a number of psychological tests for things like mood problems, anxiety, mindfulness, resilience and anger expression. The researchers found that by the end of the study, the teens who did yoga scored higher on some of the psychological tests, while the teens who didn’t do yoga scored worse on some of the tests. For example, teens who did not do yoga during their PE classes scored higher for mood problems or anxiety, while those who did do yoga scored lower on these tests, or their scores remained the same from the beginning of the study period. In addition, the teens who didn’t do yoga reported more negative emotions during the study period, while the teens who did do yoga reported fewer negative emotions.
Why should your Tween/Teen do Yoga?
• Physical Benefits-strength, flexibility, improved posture, ability to relax, breath
awareness, balance and stability, stabilizes energy
• Mental Benefits-stress management, decision making, concentration, healthy body image, acceptance
• Spiritual Benefits-compassion, connection, presence and intuition
I personally have two kids in this category and it is hard to get them to a yoga class with adults. I believe a class with kids their own age and instruction that guides them through a yoga practice specific for their needs will provide them with these many benefits. GATC is offering a summer yoga series on Tuesdays at 11:00am, a good time-slot for sleepy teens, ages 12 to 18.
Marda Zechiel, Yoga Manager