Yoga is helpful for many different ailments, disorders and conditions. A new study even suggests that yoga is beneficial for teenagers who are experiencing anxiety. This is promising news for parents who have anxious teens. I will highlight information on anxiety in teens and how yoga can help.
What is teenage anxiety?
Teenage anxiety has the same symptoms as adult anxiety. Anxiety is a normal response to stress in ones life. Teenagers may be anxious about school work and socialization, but for some teens this goes well beyond normal. Everyone reacts different to stress and some are more prone to becoming more distressed than others. Symptoms of anxiety include the following:
Portraying oneself as powerless
Having a fearful or doomful outlook
Accelerated heart rate
Experiencing trembling or shakiness
Weakness and fatigue
How can yoga help anxious teenagers?
High school students participated in a study that involved them performing Kripalu-based yoga, a type of yoga that centers on the body, mind and energy example, taking it to a higher level than other forms of yoga. The asanas or yoga poses are practiced in this form of yoga just as it is in others, and it is designed to aid in relaxation, meditation, flexibility and strength.
After the study researches determined that when controlled to those that participated in normal PE activities, such as volleyball and other sports, the group that performed yoga had greatly improved total mood disturbance scores and tension-anxiety subscale scores. Furthermore, the researchers wrote, "Increasing evidence supports the view that yoga is a practice which addresses multiple mental, emotional, and physical facets of the individual."
Getting involved in yoga
For those wanting to get their teens involved in yoga, they can find classes at local gyms or YMCAs. Numerous workout DVDs are also available to choose from. Some of the basic asanas include the following:
Downward-Facing Dog, a pose that helps alleviate stress and depression.
Upward-Facing Dog, which is great for depression and tiredness, as well as beneficial to those with asthma.
Dolphin Pose also helps with stress and depression as it quiets the mind.
Camel Pose, one of the backbend poses.
If your teen is experiencing anxiety, help them by getting them involved in asanas. Yoga is great way to ease the mind and get a workout at the same time. As a parent, you may even try participating with your teen and find that you love the practice as well.
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Rebecca completed courses in Medical Terminology, Administrative Medical Assisting, and Coding and Billing. She is recognized by the National Healthcareer Association as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). In addition, Rebecca is a former gymnast and is avid about yoga, swimming and other athletic activities. Follow her on Twitter @RebeccaBardelli.
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