Fiona Sundari has recently trained with TeenYoga, motivated by compassion for adolescents’ experience of stress and anxiety.
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Young people need yoga
Research has shown that the number of young people reporting feelings of depression and anxiety is rising and there is a trend for the rates of these disorders to increase in the transition between childhood and adolescence.
Amy Morgan, Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds
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
Ofsted requires every school to actively promote and evaluate students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. Yoga classes support SMSC education by encouraging students to explore and reflect on life purpose, cause and effect, resilience, obstacles, relationships, feelings and emotions.
Yoga is taught in many schools across the UK
- Part of the PE curriculum
- Part of PHSE curriculum
- An elective in an enrichment programme
- A lunch time or after-school club activity
- An intervention to maximise the achievement of disadvantaged students
Millions of people around the world practise the ancient discipline of Yoga. Many students will have heard of yoga because it has a strong following among celebrities such as Ryan Giggs, Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kaley Cuoco.
The TeenYoga Foundation is a charity supporting the wellbeing of young people.