Yoga is a 5,000 year-old therapeutic practice that aims to strengthen the body and cultivate awareness. Certified instructors facilitate Newport Academy’s yoga program which includes up to six classes per week. Classes furthermore, encourage self-reflection within a supportive group setting, and promote an optimistic outlook on life.
The contemplative practice of yoga brings focus to mind, body, and spirit, where the roots of anxiety, disconnection, and depression intersect, and gives adolescents tools and experiences that can change their habitual responses to challenges. As a result, they learn to compassionately observe themselves on the yoga mat and to bring that self-compassion and self-observation to their relationships and daily lives.
A consistent yoga practice can be grounding, build confidence, and aid in stimulating the relaxation response, which can ease stress and increase feelings of overall well-being. Research shows that yoga also strengthens the vagus nerve, which is critical to optimal physiological functioning, as well as a significant marker of resilience.
“Multiple studies on yoga’s impact on adolescents show that regular practice increases self-esteem both mental and physical well-being, strengthens coping mechanisms, reduces anxiety, and improves mood; in essence, creating the ability to self-regulate emotions. Qualitative data collection reveals that adolescents’ self-awareness and ease within their bodies increases [with consistent yoga practice]. As a result, their worldview begins to shift toward a more positive alignment.”
Sat Bir S. Khalsa, leading yoga researcher and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
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Accessing spiritual connection is an integral part of Newport Academy’s holistic treatment philosophy. Meditation modalities sustain our teens’ commitment to healing and recovery. Beginning a therapy session with meditation can also help adolescents participate with greater intent, comfort, and ease.