Education: Should Yoga be introduced in Schools?
Sometimes, I work with Teens and I enjoy it – so once in a while I write an article about Teen issues close to my heart. In light of what is happening in schools in UK;
- Anorexia/Eating Disorders.
- Rebellion against parents.
- Suicide and more.
I think it would be a good idea if Yoga was introduced. Obviously, it woudn’t be mandatory, due to various cultures/religions but I am sure many Teens will opt for it.
Why should Yoga be introduced?
Mind and Spirit
It brings balance. Learning and interaction is good for teens, but the mind is equally very important. Yoga could get rid of all or most negative thoughts in their mind. Suicidal thoughts wouldn’t even dawn on them and if ever they feel any symptoms of depression, they know they can take time out to practice Yoga and achieve inner calm. When the mind is calm, teens will not lash out at friends / teachers / parents / people in society.
ツ★ If a mere 25% of the academic year is replaced with physical activity, students’ grades improve. K McGee
Some may say: “But they are just Teens?”
True. However, in many countries young kids who are taught this, are more grounded and are used to discipline, which they grow up with, making it difficult for them to get out of control. Another example is little boys who take Judo lessons from an early age. They learn respect / discipline and other qualities because it’s incorporated into the activity.
The Yoga could have some light stretching. This will keep teens fit and toned – with an ideal body weight. When teens are happy with their weight, they will have no reason to bully others. Most bullies pick on other innocent kids because they feel insecure within themselves. With Yoga, teens will find self-acceptance, (or call it self esteem.)
Do you think Yoga will benefit Teens in Schools?
*•☆~ "You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside." ~ Mr. Yoga
*•☆~ "For me, yoga is not just a workout - it's about working on yourself." ~ Mary Glover
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