ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) And Yoga


Article by Haphiza Baboolal

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and Yoga

ADD/ADHD is a neurological problem which involves the brain.

Yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.

Yoga is now being practiced by several million people in the west.

Many people are now taking advantage of yoga to help them with increased flexibility, strength, balance and improved posture. Yoga is great for any child physical activities but the ADHD child also benefits from it. Yoga is also a great way to improve relaxation, focus, attention and mood.

These factors can greatly benefit a child with ADD/ADHD

By using alternative treatment for your child this takes a lot longer before you see any changes, but your child may recover from ADHD.

Yoga…helps children overcome inattention and hyperactivity. It consist of physical postures, relaxation exercises which help calm the mind and deep breathing exercises which help calm the mind and relax the nervous system. It also helps them to focus and control impulses.

It teaches the child discipline and helps them focus in a calm relaxing environment. Changes are slow to come by but have lasting effects. Using yoga by itself cannot treat ADHD. It should be combined with other therapies such as reducing toxins in the house and environment removing dyes, colors and additives from the diet.

A recent article in Yoga Journal cited that yoga can help balance the production of neurotransmitters in the brain and reduce stress levels. Yoga combines physical activity with self-awareness and promotes a mind-body connection that many children with a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD lack.

The ability to concentrate emerges from restraining mental distractions. Those who have had experience with yoga states that people reported feeling calmer, being in a better mood and more relax ed after a session of yoga exercises.

Because of deep breathing during a yoga session oxygen levels are improved in the brain which has many benefits.

Yoga can also help to lessen the need to fidget and help release the pent up energy in these children that tends to be disruptive. Yoga is also currently being studied to see what impact it may have on other disorders such as heart disease, stroke, asthma, depression, insomnia, arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Benefits for ADD/ADHD from Yoga Include:

Relaxation and de-stressing Quieting the mind Improved focus Decreased fidgeting Decreased impulsivness Promotes the connection between mind, body and spirit Increased strength and flexibility Improved respiration and energy level Balanced metabolism

There are many beginner’s yoga DVDs available in stores or online, you can always find yoga DVD’s at the library if you do not want to purchase one. So this is something you can try at home with your children if you do not want to pay to attend formal classes.

There are many yoga classes popping up all over the country now so it should not be difficult for you to find one.

There is also yoga DVD’s for beginners which is very helpful but having someone to actually show you what to do is much better.

By using alternative treatment for your child this takes a lot longer before you see any changes, but your child may recover from ADHD.

You can now raise happier well behaved children. To learn more about ADHD and natural treatment… go to….

Haphiza Baboolal

About the Author

I am passionate about my family and my home. I love meeting people and being in touch with others and helping them. I am a mother of 2 and grandmother of 7. I live in Florida, USA.



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