As a teen you are not an adult and yet are expected in so many ways to show maturity and to behave how others expect, Teen years are challenging and exciting, a period when there should be exploration rather than conforming to expectations. Teen years are a period for establishing identity based on past, present and future events.
During adolescence, the brain and the pre frontal cortex is surging with growth. What you learn as an adolescent can carve out neurological pathways (motorways in the head) that will impact your mind and body behaviour for life. It is natural to want to push away from your parents and be with your peers. You want to belong. You want to be liked but this can mean you feel pressure to conform when this is the phase of your life when you should be exploring who you truly are.
The teenage brain needs;
- Emotional Spark
- Social Engagement
- Creative exploration
Yoga meets these needs and helps with;
- finding your identity
- feeling more acceptance and contentment
- helping alignment and setting up patterns of movement
- building confidence and exploring challenges with playful ease
- becoming resilient to changes and developing a better perspective
- reducing stress, anxiety and depression
- feeling grounded and safe
Who does yoga appeal to
Sporty students do yoga to develop performance in their game.
Non sporty people like yoga because it’s a non-competitive way to keep active.
Boys practise it to increase stamina, strength and confidence in relation to their body as it grows and changes.
Girls enjoy relaxation and flexibility exercises which promote emotional and physical wellbeing.
Students with Special Educational Needs enjoy and benefit from stretching and relaxation.
Teen Yoga Drop In
St. John's Memorial Hall, St John's Lye, Woking, GU21 7SQ.
Fridays 4:15 - 5:30 PM | £8*
*£1 donation to Teen Yoga Foundation. Empowering teens through yoga.
Jo is DBS and Safeguard certified. Is trained in First Aid and is fully insured with British Wheel of Yoga.
I started yoga over 3 months ago and I have noticed a dramatic change in my flexibility. I started doing yoga for my D of E bronze and have continued it even though my course has finished. When I first came to yoga I was ridiculously inflexible but after only a few weeks I noticed my flexibility improving.
Not only is yoga good for strength, it is also amazing for stress relief. I am in year 10 and I have found that when I am preparing to enter an exam and I am nervous the breathing I learnt really helps me stay calm.
Yoga is really beneficial for you. It is about making your muscles stronger and your body more flexible. It has the same benefits as going to the gym but less stressful.
You see improvements in yourself when you’re competing in sport. You can move faster.
Yoga is like time out space in the middle of the week to take you away from exam stress and everything. You can put things to one side for about an hour and it’s really helpful.