Author: Lisa Wells, M.Ed.RYT 200, YoKid & Mindful Schools trained
2. Yoga is a system of self-care. It’s incredibly useful to learn how to care for yourself. Tweens are learning to take care of their body at a time when it’s still growing and changing. Yoga helps all the systems of the body function properly and it feels good!
3. Yoga helps you recharge and become clear-minded. A lot of teens report they feel better after doing yoga and that they are then, “very calm.” The experience of relaxation that comes with a good physical yoga practice can be very profound.
4. Yoga helps you cope with things like anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger, jealousy. I always feel grateful after I practice yoga. It’s also the perfect time to smile and have fun!
5. Yoga is a workout, too! It really is. It helps regulate metabolism and increase self-awareness so that you’re less likely to eat too much, and you’ll feel better about yourself, in general.
6. You can get better at the poses just like you can get better at a sport, As long as you are operating from a place of knowledge and respect for how your body works, expect improvement for yourself as you get stronger, your coordination improves, and your muscles lengthen.
7. You’re so lucky to be doing yoga now. So many people say to me that they wish they had known about yoga earlier in life. It’s really a gift to have the time and place to practice yoga. It’s a sacred time to acknowledge the blessings of our life, including our body and breath.
8. The point of yoga is to remain curious about what you can do. Yoga helps you improve your mental outlook so if you’re feeling jealous, self-defeated, or envious, yoga gives you the chance to forget those methods of thinking and instead to observe and engage in your own experience.
9. Seek things to do that will empower your strength of mind, body and character like yoga and not things that will disempower you (unkind friends, things that might harm you).
Remember to breathe, smile, and enjoy your amazing life.