The benefits of yoga have beenprofessed for years by those who engage in the ancient practice. While a person of any age and any level canfind benefit from the poses and balance exercises involved in a yoga session,students enrolled in college can benefit greatly from the practice in a varietyof ways.
Research suggests that an activeyoga practice has a positive effect on classroom performance. Listening to an instructor guide one intoposes and having to coordinate the muscles to hold those poses improvesconcentration skills, awareness of environment, and listening abilities inaddition to physical fitness. Otherstudies show that a yoga practice helps boost mood and confidence levels,therefore those who practice the art are more sociable and happier, leading toa more engaged and active student within the classroom.
Along with this social aspect,attending a yoga class offers students a change to engage socially with theirpeers. It’s not overly athletic so it’snon-threatening to shyer people, and its organized so everyone shares in theexperience. Social engagement and theability to interact with others is necessary not only in an educationalenvironment, but in a working one as well. It’s a necessary skill that must develop and be nurtured early on.
Along with skills, the flexibilityand muscle control developed through practicing yoga can make other exerciseseasier. Whether engaged in sportingteams, active at the gym, or on a show choir team which requires dancing, thebreathing benefits and muscle tone developed through yoga poses can improveperformance in practitioners.
Finally, college students arenotoriously overworked between school and work-study programs, worried aboutjob offers after graduation, or burdened by growing student debt. Finding a way to adapt and handle this stressis imperative, and a yoga practice can offer a supportive environment and ahealthy way to clear the mind. Theincreased concentration and emphasis on deep breathing techniques can be usedthroughout life for stress management.
Yoga is an exercise form appropriatefor any age, ethnicity, or physical ability, and many college students can findrelief and better focus in the classroom by applying the techniques learnedthrough practicing yoga in all life aspects.
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