Reflection: The process of witnessing of one’s thoughts, actions,
and speech through observation and with non-attachment to
experience increased self-awareness.
Adolescent: 10-22 years of age.
The answer to the question: Why do teenagers need to develop
enhanced decision-making? May seem obvious to everyone, but let’s
examine it for a moment. The teenage years are considered by most
experts to be the most awkward growth stage of human life.
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teens are exposed to overwhelming external and internal struggles. They
are expected to cope with hormonal changes, puberty, social and
parental forces, work and school pressures, as well as encountering many
conditions and problems. The issues that teenagers face vary but
regardless of what the individuals or groups are struggling with, there is
a common denominator: teenagers feel overwhelmed by the unfamiliar
and unprecedented stresses and they do not have the skills nor access to
the necessary resources to face and successfully engage with these
By learning yoga and meditation (although far from a single answer to
this complex conundrum) teens will have an approach and a framework
with which to face many of these problems—not to mention, hopefully,
a life-style and an approach to the world that will evolve through their
lives. The research would agree that the list below, albeit not complete,
is a list of the most common problems faced by teenagers today. The
research would suggest that every problem on this list can be better dealt
with via the skills and virtues of yoga and meditation.
Self-Esteem and Body Image
Drinking and Smoking
Underage Sex and Teen Pregnancy
Peer-Pressure and Competition