Benefits of Yoga for Teens

The following chart appears in YogaMinded’s book: Yoga 4 Teens, An Instructor’s Guide to Teaching Yoga to Teenagers. Use of this material beyond the scope of this website is prohibited as it is owned and copyrighted by YogaMinded.

P H Y S I C A L  B E N E F I T S
Strengthbuilds strength of muscles and bones
Flexibilitylengthens muscles to increase mobility in the joints
Improved Posturedevelops understanding of body mechanics, healthy movement patterns, and ideal postural alignment
Ability to Relaxdevelops the skill of non-action and the awareness to physically relax
Breath Awarenessdraws attention to the breath as a reflection of state of mind and as a tool to elicit relaxation and focus
Stability and Balanceprovides physical experiences that ask the body to continually re-establish balance, which develops coordination and prevents injury
Equalizes Energyrevitalizes low energy and tempers hyperactivity
M E N T A L   B E N E F I T S
Stress Managementallows teens to experience a sense of space around their concerns (including what others think) and provides techniques for redirecting thoughts and calming the nervous system
Decision Makingteaches teens to make choices that respect themselves and others
Concentrationdevelops one’s ability to focus through practical disciplines of breath and bodywork
Healthy Body Imageprovides a strengthened internal perspective; helps self-image develop free of media and other cultural influences
Acceptancecultivates gratitude for what the body can do; enables letting go of the tendency to be critical of one’s self and judgmental of others
Curiosityprovides a healthy way to experiment, take risks, and explore the body
S P I R I T U A L   B E N E F I T S
Compassionopens us to our greater qualities of kindness, compassion, and nonviolence
Connectioncultivates interconnectedness between ourselves, others, and the natural world around us
Presenceheightens awareness and cultivates emotional connection while combating both numbness and drama
Intuitionencourages self-trust by valuing one’s internal voice