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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Yoga: Natural Remedy for Children with ADHD

From YogaTrends.org and Waking Times

By Colette Barry
July 26, 2012

Is your child affected by attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Do they often show lack of attention to important matters, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, hyperactivity, and low self- esteem? Well, if your answer is in the affirmative, get your child enrolled for a yoga program and help change their lives forever.

Regular practice of yoga can help your child manage ADHD, since different yoga poses promote a better mind-body connection, which is often missing in the affected children.

Yoga for ADHD Children

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increasing number of children are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with over 9% of the kids between 5 and 17 years affected with the syndrome.

An increasing number of people are now turning to yoga for a better mind-body connection to improve attention, focus, balance, relaxation, and mood.

Researchers reveal that 80% of children with ADHD display diminished academic performance. Any child with ADHD can benefit from yoga and experience reduced stress levels, better concentration and attention, and improved self awareness, which establish a better balance between the body and the mind. With a stronger mind-body connection, a child performs better in any field, and can concentrate on studies and other productive activities.

As an alternative (or adjunct) to medication, yoga can help ADHD children experience improved behavior and gain better self-control.

Some children with attention problems display aggressive behavior, poor social skills, and non-adherence to rules. If your child displays any such symptoms, yoga asanas can help them balance production of neurotransmitters in the brain, which creates a feeling of calm, resulting in better mood, more contentment and relaxation.
  • By increasing lung capacity, yoga helps increase the supply of oxygen to all parts of the body. As a result, more oxygen is supplied to the brain, improving motor balance and thereby helping your child with ADHD control hyperactivity and impulsivity and improve concentration.
  • Yoga changes the internal state of mind and consciousness while balancing the endocrine system and nervous system, thus helping tone the internal organs and rejuvenating the mind.
  • Yoga works on the alignment of skeletal and muscular systems, thus enabling better energy and blood circulation, which strengthens the brain cells and adds balance in the body.

Children affected with attention disorders, including ADHD, or Down syndrome and even autism, show remarkable results if they regularly practice yoga poses, which help release the pent-up energy that otherwise tends to make them disruptive.

Help your child overcome ADHD by attending a regular yoga class and watch them rediscover life!

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