Yoga for Teenagers
From the experience of my own children and their peers I realise the social and academic pressures teenagers can experience. This is born out by:
- 10% of young people have a clinically diagnosable mental problem
- In any given year 20% of adolescents may experience mental health problems
- 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 24 (mental health foundation)
In order for teenagers to cope with the social and exam stress that many of them face they need tools and life skills they can use to help them through this potentially challenging time.
Since qualifying to teach yoga and mindfulness to teenagers with Charlotta Martinus, founder of TeenYoga, I have an in-depth understanding of the growth and development of teenagers and how yoga can help them.
Classes and private lessons
- I provide both private lessons and group classes in my yoga studio
- These can also be provided in your school, college or university
- I am also interested in working with any other youth organisation that would like to benefit from yoga
- Grant funding maybe available
Benefits of practising yoga
- Develops strength, flexibility, balance and stamina
- Reduces tension, stress and anxiety
- Increases self-esteem and promotes self-efficacy
- Improves motivation
- Develops clarity, focus and concentration
- Creates self awareness and encourages self-management of behaviour
- Promotes social, mental and emotional health
Why does yoga appeal to teenagers and young adults?
- Sporty people – do yoga to develop performance in their game
- Non sporty people – like yoga because it is a non competitive way to keep active
- Males – practise yoga to increase stamina, strength and confidence
- Females – enjoy relaxation, flexibility and strength exercises which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing
Yoga in schools
Ofsted requires schools to actively promote and evaluate student’s spiritual moral and socials cultural development. Yoga supports this directive by encouraging students to explore and reflect on life purpose, cause and effect, resilience, relationships, feelings and emotions. Yoga is taught in many schools across the UK as one of the following:
- Part of the PE curriculum
- Part of PHSE curriculum
- An elective in an enrichment programme
- A lunchtime or after-school club activity
- An intervention to maximise the achievement of disadvantaged students
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the possibility of classes or private lessons please contact me.
TeenYoga is a fully credited international course for teaching yoga to teenagers
The TeenYoga Foundation is a charity supporting the wellbeing of young people.