Practicing yoga is something that anyone can do, regardless of age, background or skill level. So why is a prominent newspaper questioning the value of Chicago yoga classes for tweens? Well, it's not questioning so much as weighing the value, and the holistic system ends up being portrayed pretty favorably.
The news organization in question is the Chicago Tribune, and the query it sought to answer was whether yoga might be better than competitive sports for tweens – that is, for pre-teens.
A full panel of staff contributors addressed this issue. Overall, their conclusion was that yoga is at least as good as sports for tweens' physical health, mood, social growth and personal development goals.
One contributor explained that yoga "increases [tweens'] focus and ability to calm themselves, which I've found to be one of the great, lasting benefits of yoga." And if that weren't enticing enough, they added that "while team sports are great, I think it's important to promote physical activities that kids can still be doing at age 80. Like yoga."
Others agreed, pointing out that yoga poses little risk of injury and boosts self-esteem. Both of these benefits are vital for tweens, who face the gauntlet of puberty.