Three Reasons Why All Students Should Practice Yoga

Students Abigal Willaims, Niamh McGillicuddy, and Samantha Keady

This past fall, The Woodward School launched a new physical education program which focuses on yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. The primary goal of this initiative is to provide Woodward students with a holistic physical education experience that will help improve academic outcomes, social-emotional learning, and physical well-being. The yoga program is led by Ms. Lori Scott, an experienced instructor who has completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training (RYT 200). Although practicing yoga is a new experience for many of our students, they understand the value and have embraced this new form of physical education.

There is no doubt that the current generation of middle and high school students is experiencing a level of stress and anxiety that is far greater than anything that has been documented in the past. From increased demands of school and extracurricular activities to the social expectations placed upon them by their peers, now more than ever, teenagers need an emotional outlet to mitigate some of the negative consequences of stress.

While there is no guarantee that yoga can help students improve their social-emotional well-being, there is a growing body of research that indicates that yoga can, in fact, have a significant impact on this area of a student’s life. This phenomenon occurs in part because the practice of yoga forces students to separate themselves from their technological devices so they can focus on their training without any external distractions. As students become more self-aware through the practice of yoga, they may also begin to develop the skills needed to self-regulate their technology consumption. These skills could ultimately help students use technology in a way that benefits their personal growth as opposed to the contrary. These few examples barely scratch the surface of the positive impacts that practicing yoga can have on a person’s social-emotional well-being, but they are important nonetheless.

Students Sarah Alberione & Georgia Keady

As stated above, that practice of yoga can help students focus inwardly, allowing them to develop a renewed sense of self. This mindset can also have a positive impact on the student’s overall academic success. Practicing yoga can increase one's confidence, which can help students reconcile areas of academic weakness and view them as an opportunity for growth as opposed to an area of deficit. Not only will the student be able to identify areas of weakness, but they will also have the confidence to put in the time and energy to become proficient in their areas of weakness.

In addition to the social-emotional and academic benefits listed above, the practice of yoga can also help minimize physical injuries that student-athletes experience due to improper stretching and a weakened core. The practice of yoga increases muscle elasticity and core muscle strength, critical attributes of any competitive athlete. The importance of developing core muscle strength cannot be understated as it has a direct correlation to quickness, speed, agility, balance and a whole host of other things. We are confident that Woodward student-athletes will benefit from Ms. Scott's instruction.

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The Woodward School for Girls is an independent college preparatory school serving grades 6 through 12, that has pioneered the education of young woman for since 1894.

The school educates young women from a rich diversity of backgrounds.  The Woodward School honors and cultivates each student’s academic and personal potential to enrich the world with courage and creativity by holding true to its core values.

Woodward today educates students from the City of Boston, Boston’s South Shore, and from overseas. Its current student body is comprised of young women from twenty local communities and a small percentage come from other countries.

Founded in 1869 by President John Adams’ cousin and family physician, Dr. Ebenezer Woodward and his wife, Mary Greenleaf Woodward, the school continues to operate in Quincy. Woodward's rich history continues to guide its unique mission of preparing young women for success as leaders in their colleges and communities.

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