Many college students find that their first year of college can carry high expectations and challenges. It’s rare to hear of anyone making a seamless transition – whether you find yourself struggling socially (and believe me, everyone is, at some level!), feeling overwhelmed with homework deadlines, or missing home, the first year of college is not usually a walk in the park. Thankfully, there is a solution to help you deal with some of the emotional stress of studying away from home. Yoga has many benefits and you can even fit a yoga mat in your small dorm room. Read on for the top 5 ways yoga can help college students!
- Improve Concentration
Studies show that yoga is fantastic for concentration. This is in part due to the fact that you must focus on the poses (Asanas) that you’re trying to hold. It’s actually pretty difficult to think of your “to do” list when you are balancing on one foot. Balancing poses, especially, are an excellent way to be present and to build your attention skills. This gives you experience in clearing your mind and focusing on the task at hand. It’s very helpful when you’re trying to get through another class or an arduous assignment.
- Relax and De-stress
No one can deny that being a student is stressful! Educational expert Gina Andrews says ‘We see students all the time who are burned out from the college experience. They need a break, but aren’t sure how to find the time.’ Yoga gives you the chance to take 15 minutes for stress relief and to really get in touch with yourself and your needs.
- Leave the World Behind (for a little while)
College has so many demands on your time, you might be loathe to add something else to your full schedule. But alone time is important too. Especially if you are an introvert – you must take time away from the social scene to recharge your batteries. Yoga’s focus on peace and mindfulness means that you can leave all your worries behind, even if it’s for an hour or two. You can also take classes through YogaToday from the comfort of your dorm room. Take the opportunity!
- Become a Better Student
Yes, really. Tutor Roger Waters, says ‘Students find that yoga helps improve their listening skills, concentration, and focus. Regularly practicing yoga means that they can bring these skills over to their studying.’ You’ll find that it’s easier to concentrate in class, and you’ll take in a lot more of what the professor is saying. Yoga is very much about being in the here and now, and it’ll help more with your studies than you might think!
- Improve Your Body Image
There’s no one at college (or in life, truthfully) who is 100% happy with their body. There’s always going to be one part that’s not going to feel right, or doesn’t look right to you. Yoga can help with your body image in several ways as it helps you get in tune with how your body moves. When you feel more in control of your body, the better you’ll feel about it. Also, yoga can help with improving your posture, which will help you both feel and project confidence.
Yoga can do wonders for students. Give it a try and see what you think!