Do You Know the Benefits of Kids & Youth Practicing Yoga?

Physical Benefits

Strength – builds strength of muscles and bones

Flexibility – lengthens muscles to increase mobility in the joints

Improved Posture – develops understanding of body mechanics, healthy movement patterns, and ideal postural alignment

Ability to Relax – develops the skill of non-action and the awareness to physically relax

Breath Awareness – draws attention to the breath as a reflection of state of mind and as a tool to elicit relaxation and focus

Stability and Balance – provides physical experiences that ask the body to continually re-establish balance, which develops coordination and prevents injury

Equalizes Energy – revitalizes low energy and tempers hyperactivity

Mental Benefits

Stress Management – allows teens to experience a sense of space around their concerns and provides techniques for redirecting thoughts and calming the nervous system

Decision Making – teaches teens to make choices that respect themselves and others

Concentration – develops one’s ability to focus through practical disciplines of breath and bodywork

Healthy Body Image – provides a strengthened internal perspective; helps self-image development free of media and other cultural influences

Acceptance – cultivates gratitude for what the body can do; enables letting goof the tendency to be critical of one’s self and judgements of others

Curiosity – provides a healthy way to experiment, take risks, and explore the body

Spiritual Benefits

Compassion – opens us to our greater qualities of kindness, compassion and non-violence

Connection – cultivates interconnectedness between ourselves, others, and the natural world around us

Presence – heightens awareness and cultivates emotional connection while combating both numbness and drama

Intuition – encourages self-trust by valuing one’s internal voice