First yoga helps teens de-stress. Between academic pressure and the social jungle that is Junior and Senior High School, teen lives are extremely stressful. There is a significant amount of peer pressure. They have to make decisions which impact the rest of their lives. Their schedules are filled to overfull with school, sports, part-time jobs and a social life. Their hormones are completely out of balance most of the time. Yoga helps teens deal with all of these challenges. It teaches them to look inward for inspiration, to connect with themselves. Furthermore, it provides training in relaxation techniques and breathing exercises which promote calm and stimulate the relaxation response.
Whether you are teaching yoga to children or teens about breath awareness or practicing asanas, emphasize the idea of non-judgment. Depressive children and teens spend their days judging themselves and their actions negatively, so it’s important to use the non-judgment philosophy of yoga to help stop the process.
The great thing about yoga practice is that it does not have to require a large amount of time. It is true that some yoga pose routines may be done for hours and can involve deep meditation and concentration, but once teens learn the basic techniques, yoga can be easily incorporated into their busy schedule.