teens to overly rely on their amygdala (the seat of emotions) ... The brain’s mal- leability during adolescence marks a crucial stage in both cognitive and emo- tional development.

Luckily, researchers are now able to paint a clearer picture of some of the factors that allow students to thrive throughout high school and into adult- hood, such as self-awareness, managing distressing emotions, empathy, and navigating relationships smoothly. When students hone these skills,

they are not only happier and healthier emotionally, but are also better able to focus on academics.”

• Yoga has also been shown to make a significant difference in depression of addicts going through rehabilitation, and has been shown to reduce anxiety and aggression among inmates.

Which School of Yoga Is Right for You? Considering the many physical and

psychological benefits of yoga, it’s cer- tainly worth considering, and since there are many schools (forms) of yoga to choose from, you’re virtually guaranteed to find one that’s suitable for you.

The emergence of trauma-sensitive

yoga is a testament to this, and may offer a way forward for many victims of physical and/or psychological abuse. There’s even yoga for osteoporosis. You can find a quick outline of 11

major schools of yoga on MindBodyGreen. com. Additional variations can be ex- plored on the Yoga Journal’s website. Here’s a quick summary of the most popular styles:

Hatha yoga — Considered the most popular type of yoga taught in the U.S., hatha involves basic breath-controlled exercises and yoga postures that are great for beginners.

Ashtanga yoga — Ashtanga is a vigorous form of yoga that involves quick move- ments, with the aim of strength and endurance.


Bikram yoga — Bikram involves 26 pat- ented poses, which are practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity of 40%. It's aimed to help loosen muscles, cleanse the body and relieve symptoms of chronic dis- eases.

Hot yoga — Similar to bikram, hot yoga is also performed in a heated room. However, the room temperature and humidity for this yoga style is not de- fined. The routine may also be composed of varying poses.

Kundalini yoga — Kundalini emphasizes fast-paced flow of poses, proper breath- ing techniques and meditation to im- prove balance of the body. This form of yoga is more challenging than others, so it may not be suitable for beginners.

Vinyasa yoga — Vinyasa is adapted from the traditional ashtanga techniques, which means that it's also an active form of yoga. The only difference between these two types is that vinyasa involves varying poses, while ashtanga sticks to a single routine.

Core power yoga — Also known as power vinyasa, core power yoga is a strenuous routine that's aimed to stretch, strengthen and tone the muscles while emphasizing mind-body connection.

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