Stress is a part of life.  We all experience stress to varying degrees, and we all deal with life stressors in individual ways.  There are three types of stress; eustress (i.e. roller coaster rides), acute stress (short term stress, i.e. test taking), and chronic stress (long term stress).  Chronic stress is a precursor to numerous physical, psychological and emotional illnesses.  A 2010 study found teens 5 times more likely to experience mood disorders including anxiety and depression than teens during The Great Depression*.  I  developed a program that helps students combat the symptoms and effects of stress before they culminate into distress.   My research led to identifying stressors in teens and finding yogic tools shown  effective in stress reduction.  Evidence-based research supports yoga as a physical practice utilizing breath and guided meditation, all three modalities to significantly reduce stress and help practitioners elicit the Relaxation Response.

Long term untreated stress that has become chronic affects you physically, mentally, and emotionally.  A look at how it can affect our teens:

  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Stomach issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Eating Disorders
  • Lower Grades
  • Untapped Potential



Tracy Kniffen RYT 500, BA
IAYT Yoga Therapist
Flower Mound TX
Private Studio

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