ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is one of the most common psychiatric disorders, with 2-5% of children being diagnosed.
Researchers in Austria and Germany have recently found that children with ADHD can find relief and improve their focus by practicing yoga.
Why Yoga for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
Yoga increases concentration, and promotes mental and physical discipline. It creates feelings of confidence in individuals who aren’t used to being able to start and complete something on their own.
Yoga combines both physical activity and mental discipline, increasing self-awareness and promoting the mind-body connection that many ADHD sufferers lack.
Because children with ADHD have such trouble concentrating, the best method to get them involved in yoga is to begin with simple pranayamas (breathing) and asanas (poses) before teaching them an entire routine.
Which Yoga Exercises Will Help You in ADHD?
Yogic breathing exercises help to calm the mind and relieve anxiety, making it easier to begin a yoga routine.
By focusing on breathing in through the nose and out through mouth, the child becomes aware of their body, and learns how to focus.
Poses and postures can also be adapted to fit children. While many children might have trouble understanding some of the more complex positions, they can understand simple things like “slither like a snake” or “stretch like a cat.”
Children with ADHD see the best results when they have a patient instructor, and are able to move at their own pace.
Parent-child yoga are also a consideration, allowing parents to interact and bond with their children, forging the family relationships necessary in treating any psychiatric disorder.
What are the Benefits of Yoga in ADHD?
Yoga helps to improve synchronicity, and de-stimulate an overactive nervous system. Individuals with ADHD usually have problems concentrating, paired with nervousness and outbursts.
By calming the mind through yoga and meditative breathing, it’s possible to teach children how to deal with their hyperactivity, and adults will be able to handle daily stress better.
Yoga helps to teach life skills, such as stress relief and coping mechanisms that can be applied to real-life situations. Yoga has even been shown to help people sleep better, and the movements help develop brain and motor skills.
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