Teaching yoga to children and teens can be beneficial to their everyday life as well as their curriculum. Yoga can help kids become more confident in themselves, reduce stress and depression, and enhance their ability to focus and concentrate.
As written in an article from the Huffington Post, “Considering yoga's stress-busting effects, one would think that high-schoolers might benefit from the practice,” and it appears they are right. A study performed by the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics finds that yoga “does confer benefits to teens.”
The article goes into detail about the mechanics of the study and how it affected teens throughout the 10-week study.
To read more of this article from the Huffington Post, click here.
To read the study from the Journal of Behavioral Pediatrics, click here.
If you would like to learn how to incorporate yoga and stress management into your curriculum or physical education class, take a look at Teaching Stress Management by Nanette Tummers or Body Awareness for Mental Health Online Course by Erica Hornthal.
Teaching Stress Management: Activities for Children and Young Adults provides teachers with foundational material on the physiology and psychology of stress so they understand how stress affects health on a long-term basis. And through the book's numerous tips, teachers and administrators will be able to incorporate the principles of stress management in the classroom and integrate them in their wellness and health policies and programs.
Read an excerpt from the book:
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The Body Awareness for Mental Health is web-based and the five-module course helps K-12 teachers educate themselves and their students about how body awareness practices can enhance their mental health. The modules include text, activities, self-reflection and group discussion prompts, and quizzes to provide evidence of learning.
View a video demonstration of Body Awareness for Mental Health Online Course:
Watch the short video for an overview of the step-by-step approach of this digital resource that makes it easy for students to work through the lessons and track progress.