Why do young people need yoga?
You are never too young to start yoga! Practising yoga from an early age builds a strong foundation of self-worth, love, respect, kindness and compassion; these are essential qualities for positive long-term health and wellbeing. Yoga is all-inclusive and non-competitive; it increases self-awareness and confidence whilst stretching and strengthening young bodies. Yoga is physically, mentally and emotionally beneficial, helping children and teens to put aside worries and connect with themselves and others. Yoga equips young people with invaluable tools to deal with stress, anxiety and other socially demanding issues. When young people learn techniques for self-care, they are able to navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease.
Yoga provides a much needed mental break for young people. Many sensorial stimuli are constantly bombarding their brains, which consequently must process a heavy load of information without enough rest. Yoga gives children time away from academic pressures, social media, schedules, expectations and competitive sports and allows them just to ‘BE’. Savasana (relaxation) and meditation are often young people’s favourite part of the class, giving their bodies and minds the stillness and quiet they so often lack in our fast-paced world.
How is yoga different from other forms of exercise?
Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that was introduced to western culture during the late nineteenth century. Whilst yoga is a form of physical exercise, there are very distinct differences from exercise classes. Through controlled breathing and various simple and complex postures, yoga improves flexibility, releases mental and physical tensions and boosts energy. Our classes are a beautiful blend of high energy, stillness and relaxation. Yoga is non-competitive and all-inclusive; it is for everyone, whether they enjoy sport or not!