07 May Yoga in Adolescence
Adolescence is a very complex moment, a stage of transition between childhood and the world of adults. There are many energies that are mobilized inside and outside the adolescent. The body begins to develop requesting new needs. Relations with the family, with friends, with themselves … they feel confused and generate all kinds of conflicts.
Conflicts of identity that often require attitudes that confront them with everything that until then was their comfort zone. They feel out of place because, although they are not children anymore, they are not adults either. The family and the school environment, in general, treat them as children-adults because it is a stage in which responsibilities increase and although they pretend to be up to standard, they often do not get it because they are at the beginning of the maturation process and rooting.
What used to work for them, not anymore. They feel intense emotions from sadness to anger. Emotions that do not know how to handle, how to channel … And that leads to overflow. They become angry, apathetic, fall into processes of depression, isolation. They look at the world as if they saw it for the first time. They feel misunderstood and this leads to the rebellion that mainly manifests itself at home with parents, but also at school and in the more social environment. Nothing is clear in their minds, what they feel, who they are, what they want to be … It is too much weight and they tend to look for escape routes that help them not to think.
Adolescents are people in a process of intense evolution, disconcerting, conflictive, but also intensely creative. They are receptive and open-apart from their rebellious aspect and contrary to society and rules-to understand what happens to them and how to regain emotional balance and stability. They need to understand and be understood.
Mainly they should find in the family that space of understanding, but today’s society is structured in such a way that everyone goes in a hurry, worried, full of tasks to do, stressed and without time even to breathe themselves. Which does not favor a comprehensive and open relationship between parents and adolescents, because, although parents worry and often suffer from the emotional processes of their children, they see themselves in a stress loop that they do not know how to manage.
Hence the importance that not only adolescents need to learn to relax and breathe, parents also and represents a substantial change in the family relationship when parents commit to a personal work of internal decompression.
And here is where the practice of Yoga, which is not only postures but also learning to breathe, to focus the mind and improve concentration, to release tensions and relax, to receive and massage, to connect with your heart and feel free to reconnect with them from an intimate and respectful space.
Adolescents are extremely sensitive and can perceive if the adult who teaches and accompanies them does so from a friendly presence and without judgments. The balance between authority and tenderness is the magic wand with which I have been teaching yoga and meditation to teenagers for many years.
Although they arrive at class altered and it does not matter if the class is a Monday and they are supposed to have relaxed during the weekend, they usually arrive moody, overwhelmed and tired. They complain of fatigue, of pain in the body, they are growing and their body changes to forced marches. Many are the days that have angry or sad eyes depending on the experiences that have lived during the week. Their personal identity and self-esteem are put in check, day in and day out as well. Adolescence is a stage of growth and maturation through contact with the “group”. Conflicts and resolutions between friends are part of their daily life.
It is important that in the yoga room they stretch and allow their bodies to decompress, increase the oxygen level, relaxing the mind and opening up to regeneration spaces. The practice of yoga helps them not only to relax the body and the mind. Also to unblock emotions, to overcome fears, to release anxiety and all kinds of tensions. And, in addition, they take all those sensory experiences home with them! The knowledge that they are capable of feeling better, of transforming a dense emotion into a more luminous one, and realizing that they can do it, that it is not difficult, even though it seems so! In a very short time, the bond is narrowed, especially when they feel recognition and acceptance on the part of the teacher. It increases your self-esteem and helps you to open up, strengthening the emotional bond, with which the practice of yoga becomes more intimate and profound.
¡Enseñar yoga a adolescentes es un auténtico regalo! Cada clase es en sí misma la confirmación de lo mucho que necesitan espacios donde relajarse y volver a su centro, a su corazón. Enseñando yoga a adolescentes contribuimos a mejorar sus vidas y también el ambiente familiar y social.
El Yoga, la Meditación y el Mindfulness son pilares básicos con los que los jóvenes aprenden a caminar por la vida, sintiéndose más conectados y seguros de sí mismos.
Escrito por Isabel Cervantes.
Directora de Kaivalya Escuela de Yoga, miembro de la FEDEFY Profesora y Formadora de Profesores de Hatha Yoga, Profesores de Yoga para niños y adolescentes Método Surya- Kiranam, profesora de meditación transpersonal, profesora de mindfulness en la educación, profesora de canto védico, profesora de Kundalini Yoga.
Teaching yoga to teenagers is a real gift! Each class is in itself the confirmation of how much they need spaces to relax and return to their center, to their heart. Teaching yoga to adolescents contribute to improving their lives and also the family and social environment.
Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness are basic pillars with which young people learn to walk through life, feeling more connected and sure of themselves.
Written by Isabel Cervantes.
Director of Kaivalya School of Yoga, member of the FEDEFY Teacher and Trainer of Teachers of Hatha Yoga, Teachers of Yoga for children and adolescents Method Surya-Kiranam, teacher of transpersonal meditation, teacher of mindfulness in education, teacher of Vedic chant, teacher of Kundalini Yoga.