Author archive for Erika Panichelli

  • Kids

    4 Tips to Integrate SEL into Classroom Culture

    - by Erika Panichelli

    It’s a jungle out there, or in here, if you regularly inhabit a middle school classroom. Middle school students can…

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    Child Friendly Meditation for Your Kids

    - by Erika Panichelli

          Child Friendly Meditation for Your Kids When most of us picture meditation, it doesn’t involve children. Perhaps it’s time…

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    Reduce Teen Stress with Yoga

    Not everyone enjoys their teen years and, even those who do have some typical bumps in the road. Teenagers have busy schedules, academic pressure, physical and hormonal changes, and social issues to deal with almost on a daily basis. There are many ways that teens deal with stress, some healthier than others. One of the healthier ways that teenagers can get stress relief is through practicing yoga.

    Why Healthy Teen Stress Relief is Necessary

    Adolescent stress is a serious matter. Research has found that stress among teens can be tied to both immediate and long-lasting effects which might include behavioral problems, substance abuse, depression, and self-harm.

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 11 percent of teens will suffer from major depression by the age of 18. Stress is also linked to changes in stress hormones, such as cortisol. Cortisol can affect immune system functioning and may have links to substance abuse and later adult health.

    Yoga for Teen Stress Relief

    The good news is that yoga has some serious stress-busting effects which benefit teens just as much as their adult counterparts.  New research shows that teens who do yoga score higher on some psychological tests than those who don’t. For example, teens who don’t do yoga are more likely to have mood or anxiety issues than those who do participate.

    “Not only are there benefits to teen yoga, but those who decide to take up the practice find that they enjoy it. In the same study, nearly 75 percent of the teens that took yoga stated that they would like to continue.”

    How Yoga Helps Teens with Stress

    It’s heartening to learn that yoga does help teens with anxiety and stress, but learning more about how this works could convince parents and educators that these programs are the right move. Yoga is a program that is part exercise, part mindfulness practice. Participants develop balance, flexibility, and strength as well as some other valuable skills.

    It’s important to note that teenagers are still developing, particularly in the area of the brain that regulates mood. Yoga during teen years can help teens to strengthen connections in their prefrontal cortex, which is where essential skills such as self-control, creativity, and discipline are developed. By learning yoga and mindfulness, teens develop a new tool that helps them reduce anxiety levels and find a relaxed and focused state in often stressful situations.

    Yoga is becoming a popular curriculum in schools, and some are even offering it as an alternative to traditional gym classes.  Students that take yoga find that they are more optimistic, have improved self-esteem, and are able to self-discipline in what were once stressful situations. The teenage years are challenging for even the most well-adjusted adolescent and yoga offers some valuable tools that can help teens better navigate these trials.

     

  • Exercise
    Teacher, Administrator and Parent Resources

    Not Only for Kids, Teachers Benefits from Yoga Too

    - by Erika Panichelli

    Not only for kids, Teachers benefits from Yoga too By now, you are probably well aware that yoga has some…

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    Recess

    Why Schools Should Replace Detention with Mindful Meditation

    - by Erika Panichelli

    Why Schools should replace detention with Mindful Meditation If you’ve ever attended a public school, you are no doubt familiar…

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    Healing Power of Yoga for Children and Youth

    - by Erika Panichelli

    Healing Power of Yoga for Children and Youth There are more than 20 million Americans who already practice yoga in…

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    Social Benefits of Yoga for Children

    - by Erika Panichelli

    Social Benefits of Yoga for Children Kundalini yoga was at the center of a study conducted by the University of…

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    Kids benefit from yoga

    8 Ways Kids Benefit from Yoga

    - by Erika Panichelli

    8 Ways Kids Benefit from Yoga There are more distractions than ever before today for young children, and many of…

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    Student Yoga

    Students who Practiced Yoga Performed Better in Academics, Study Finds

    - by Erika Panichelli

    Students who Practiced Yoga Performed Better in Academics, Study Finds In a study conducted by the international Journal of Yoga,…

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    Don’t Get Mad, Do Yoga

    - by Erika Panichelli

    Don’t Get Mad, Do Yoga Kids get mad. They throw tantrums. They name call. And while this behavior is not…