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Digital Subscriptions > OM Yoga Magazine > April 2017 > YOGA IN SCHOOLS


A call for the provision of yoga for mental health promotion in schools.

Mental wellbeing among young people is deteriorating, especially for teenage girls or for those who are less affluent. The UK charity YoungMinds reported in 2016 that 850,000 young people aged between five and six teen have mental health problems, and three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Poor mental wellbeing can be related to unmanaged stress. Stress has many manifestations, and coping with it can lead to risky health-related behaviours.

A safe, scientifically-supported, efficient and effective set of stress-reduction skills is provided by the practice of yoga. At present, yoga is available only privately, not publicly. Should it be offered through the publicly funded school system? Should a more formal place in the curriculum be assigned to teaching specific stress-reduction skills – in particular yoga – to allow pupils to reduce their stress levels and be better students?

What is stress?

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Welcome to the April issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine. Inside, we look at some of the best yoga retreats taking place this summer, the ideal way to elevate your practice whether you’re an experienced practitioner or a beginner. Going on a retreat is the perfect way to kickstart any healthy new lifestyle so if you haven’t tried one yet, why not give it a go? Make the time for yourself and your body, mind and soul will love you for it. We’ve also got lots of other inspirational stories and ideas to spur you on this month, including plenty of practical yoga tips, healthy eating recipes and insight from leading experts and instructors. Read on for more great yoga content that will elevate your practice both on and off the mat. Have a great month, folks, and I hope to see you on the mat soon.

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