“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” – Aristotle
Some lessons in our youth are unavoidable. It’s a time for learning and experiencing things for the first time. This, however, does not mean that we can’t still set the stage for the future.
Every generation has their successes and hurdles; this generation has unbelievable technology at their fingertips, they are independent and creative, and because of social media they live their lives and express themselves very openly. They also face obesity, depression and other health problems on a level we have never experienced.
Luckily, being aware of these issues is the first step, and there are so many things we can do to help our teens find stable outlets that they can carry with them into their adult years.
Our program focuses on teachers and parents, but teens can be teachers as well. If your teen babysits to make extra money, kids yoga is a great addition to their resume (in the short and long term).
Yoga is also a great extracurricular activity that isn’t always thought of, and starting early means a healthier more balanced lifestyle as they reach adulthood. Yoga will help them to form lean muscles and healthy joints as they continue to grow, it will aid in hormonal balance and blood flow, and it’s wonderful for enhancing focus and self-awareness. Sharing it with children younger than them will help them to build a sense of confidence and inclusiveness.
Find a workshop in your area and bring your teen along to see if yoga is something they want to add to their daily life, and possibly teach in the future.