©Nurture Yoga with Donna Nelson
A small class specifically for 12-16 year olds dealing with stress and/or anxiety on Fridays at 1pm
Being a teenager in today’s society is one of the most stressful things that our teenagers have to try and somehow navigate their way through! From peer pressure, exam stress, hormones, ‘fitting in’, to just trying to figure out who they are, teenagers can have high levels of stress and anxiety in their lives which can lead to not only mental health issues but can manifest itself physically too.
That is why yoga is so beneficial and combats all of these areas as it is a holistic practice focussing on the mind, the body and the breath! Donna will firstly lead you through a calming yoga and well-being practice beginning with a guided pranayama (breathing exercise) looking at the benefits of the breath and the positive effects it has on our nervous system. Followed by a gentle asana (posture) practice, to allow the body to move and feel the benefits of certain asanas on our mental health and well-being.
Then she will take you through a guided mindfulness exercise to allow you to experience how mindfulness can help in freeing up mental stress and energy. Ending with a guided Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) relaxation session to bring you into a state of calm and relaxation.
The top five benefits of yoga practice for teenagers suffering from stress and anxiety:
Yoga builds strength, increases flexibility, lengthens the muscles, increases coordination and balance, builds core stability, and can help students’ posture rebound from a day hunched over a desk (or a smartphone!).
Yoga can help teens mentally refocus on the task at hand. By practicing living in the moment on the mat, teenagers can more fully concentrate on the present moment off the mat in varying environments and in school.
In addition to connecting you with your emotions, yoga encourages self-love and self-acceptance. This benefit is especially powerful for teens struggling with body image. It’s a beautiful way to learn to love yourself and appreciate the body for what it is and what it can do, rather than what it looks like. It builds compassion for the self which then radiates to compassion for others.
With the stress and anxiety of exams, placement tests, speeches and all of the other pressures that plague high school kids today, yoga can be a step in the right direction to a healthier, happier teenager.
Yoga is non-judgemental, and the more we practice, the more acceptance and less judgement we’ll have in our daily lives. Yoga will help teenagers become more compassionate for one another, but especially for themselves.
©Yoga Donna Nelson