Practicing yoga can be an awesome stress reliever for your teen. Yoga reduces stress, builds confidence, and teaches breathing techniques that they can be used to calm down when a melt down occurs.
Teaching your teen just a few yoga poses can have a big impact. Start by teaching them 3-5 simple poses.
Here are a few modified poses you may want to model for your teen to try:
- Seated Pose with Lion’s Breath
Have your teen sit criss-cross applesauce on a mat, then make their arms long with the backs of their hands pressed against their knees and fingers spread apart. Finally, have them stick out their tongue and exhale while saying a loud “ha” sound. The breath can be repeated for a few rounds.
Have your teen get on their hands and knees in a table position on a mat. Next, they can round their spine towards the ceiling and take a deep exhale. This is Cat Pose.
Next, have them take a deep breath in and lift their chest and bottom towards the sky allowing the belly to drop towards the floor. This is Cow Pose.
Have your teen stand with their feet hip width apart on their mat. Have them gently rock on their feet to feel grounded to the mat. Now, have them breath through the whole body while focusing on standing tall and strong.
Have your teen stand hip width apart on their mat. Next, have them lift their arms out to the side like tree branches to help them feel strong and balanced. Finally, if they’re able, they can gently lift one foot off the ground. A small amount is the goal to start so they don’t tip over.
Keep it simple, keep it fun. We hope you found some ideas that work for you and your teen to unwind and de-stress after school. Deep breaths, friends—you’re doing great!