Eat, work, sleep. Repeat.
For many teens, this cycle might sound like a draining, daily routine. Camela Christopher, an instructor at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago, attributes teens' on-the-go attitude to one ancient Sanskrit word with one ancient Sanskrit solution.
"There's this term called agni, the idea that we have our own fire in our body," she said. "In teenage years, we have more fire -- we're very passionate and quick to react. Yoga can help cool that down. [Teens] can take the time out to just breathe and work on some poses to release and let go, and they see the picture a little clearer."
These simple poses can take you from "Ugh!" to "Om" in a matter of minutes:
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1. Shift onto the outside edge of your left foot and stack your right foot on top of the left. Swing your right hand onto your right hip while turning your torso to the right, and support the weight of your body on the outer left foot and left hand.
2. Make sure that the supporting hand isn't directly below your shoulder. Position the hand slightly in front of your shoulder, so the supporting arm is angled a bit relative to the floor. Straighten the arm by firming the triceps muscle and press the base of the index finger firmly against the floor.
Christopher suggests being mindful of your drishti, a Sanskrit term for "gaze," in this pose to build concentration.
"For more grounding and stability, take the gaze toward the Earth -- or toward the mat," she said. "Here, the mind is focused on one point -- it's kind of nice to take your mind off of other things like your to-do lists or your homework."
Half circle/half moon
1. From a kneeling position, with the knees hip-width apart, step the right leg straight out to the side with the foot flat on the floor, toes facing forward.
2. Carefully lower the left hand to the floor, directly under the shoulder. Inhale, raise the right arm up and over the head with the palm facing the floor.
3. Press the hips forward, arch the spine back, and let the head drop back.
Tanya LoPresti, an instructor at CorePower Yoga, describes this pose as stimulating. "It definitely relieves some anxiety when you're opening up your side body like that," she said. "Also, by using one leg to balance yourself, you're challenging the mind and the body equally."
1. Lying on the floor with your arms at your sides, hands palm-side down, bend the knees and kick to rock the legs up and back, bringing the bent knees to the forehead and placing the hands under the hips for support.
2. Balance the legs overhead and relax the leg muscles, using as little effort as possible to be still.
As a pose that completely inverts the body and reverses blood flow, Christopher said this pose is good for the digestive system, and helps build immunity and circulation. It also helps regulate the endocrine and respiratory systems.
1. As you exhale, place your left foot on the inside part of your right leg, with the toes pointing downward.
2. Bring your palms together in a prayer position. Focus on a spot on the wall to maintain balance and take deep breaths throughout.
Though this traditional pose can be a bit tricky, don't be discouraged! Christopher said that the attentiveness involved with maintaining poses like the tree pose will help you approach stressful situations more calmly.
"The mind is focused on what the body is doing and creating this awareness, and the breath creates mindfulness," Christopher said. "We take this mindfulness from the time we spend on the mat and take it into the world."