Yoga for Mental Health

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives. We hope you can use their post to start a conversation with your adolescent.

I have recently picked up a new hobby: yoga! I have done yoga on and off for years now but, I finally decided to make it a consistent workout in my routine.

Yoga has helped me in so many different ways, both mentally and physically. Physically it helps me strengthen and stretch while challenging my balance and coordination. Even though I knew yoga was a good workout, I didn’t realize what it would do for me mentally. Taking even 30 minutes to do a yoga session helps me focus on myself for that time. I am able to work on my breathing and be “in the moment.”

Yoga helps me be mindful and really forces me to concentrate on how my mind and body work together. Usually at the end of the session, there is a couple minutes of silent meditation where I gather my thoughts and just focus on letting out my stress, worries and anything else that is weighing on me.

If you are interested in trying some yoga sessions, I recommend the Peloton app or even some videos on YouTube!

Does your child do any relaxing activities? Do you think yoga would benefit your child?

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