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Study shows, "Yoga Could Help Teens Ward Off Anxiety"

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 these books from Nanette Tummers: Teaching Yoga for Life and Teaching Stress Management.


Through Teaching Yoga for Life: Preparing Children and Teens for Healthy, Balanced Living, you can employ a simple, safe, and pragmatic method for yoga instruction even if you've never taught it before. The clear, step-by-step directions and ample illustrations make it easy for you to present each of the activities, lessons, and 52 poses included in the book.

Read an excerpt from the book:

Teaching Yoga Poses: Read about the five steps for teaching a yoga pose, correct alignment, and holding a yoga pose. Read more>





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:

Stress management to establish a positive climate for learning: The field of mental health has traditionally focused on the study of maladaptive behaviors known as risk factors for mental disease. Read more>