Yoga and Meditation for Kids with ADHD Will Reduce And Alleviate Symptoms

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Use Ancient Wisdom to Counteract Modern Madness

Yoga and meditation for kids with ADHD are two proactive solutions that parents can deftly (and perhaps with a modicum of trickery) get their kids interested in to help them deal with their mental disorder. As many of you know, the hyperactivity and easily distracted nature of children who have ADHD can leave parents and teachers exasperated and searching for help. Kids with ADHD get bored, distracted, and frustrated easily, and they also have great difficulty following the simplest instructions. Parents, teachers, and anyone else who cares about that child, need to constantly take a step back and realize that no kid would ever volunteer to have this mind-scrambling disorder.

As frustrating and time-consuming as it can be, we all need to focus on living in the solution rather than the problem. For instance, some believe natural supplements are a big help. A child with this diagnosis is stuck with it, but there are all sorts of ways to remain proactive by helping them to help themselves. Trying new tactics and strategies is always a good idea because you never know how an individual child will react to something until you try it. Today’s fast-paced, technologically drunk society is no match for the serenity and equanimity available in the ancient practices of meditation and yoga.

Meditation to Alleviate the Symptoms of ADHD

What a child with ADHD needs is a set of tools to help them cope with the wild fluctuations in their minds. Research has shown that brain activity is different for kids with this mental impairment. Although meditation is good for everyone, it’s especially good for kids with ADHD because it teaches them how to relax, let go, and focus solely on how to follow something as easy and vital as the inhalation and exhalation of their breath. When children learn to relax through meditation, the barrier that stress and anxiety creates to inhibit learning and concentration is broken down.

In fact, a study managed by researchers at George Washington University revealed a very positive connection between children practising transcendental meditation for ten minutes a day and a reduction in their ADHD symptoms. After three months of practising meditation, the children in the study experienced as much as a 50% reduction in anxiety and stress levels. In the tests they were given after all that meditation, significant improvement was seen in organizing skills, memory, behavior regulation, and their ability to focus longer. Once you teach a child how relaxed and content they can make a moment, they are going to like that feeling. A great trick to teach them is to have them connect their thumb and forefinger in an “O” when they are in a deep state of relaxation. You then tell them that anytime they want to replicate that feeling, for example when they’re in a stressful situation or facing anxiety, all they have to do is to make that “O".

Yoga for ADHD Kids: Poses to Still the Runaway Mind

The ancient practice of Yoga is still here today because it has helped centuries of people to be more at peace with themselves and the world while creating a healthy body to boot. Yoga poses create a vital connection between the mind and body. Attaining poses also requires coordinated breath work, and as we’ve already seen from the above discussion on meditation, that is a huge benefit too. With all our technology and science, I still believe the ancient yogis who developed these poses knew a lot more about the human body than we do. And stress and pain in the body only compounds the same thing in the mind. Yoga works to relieve stress in the body and mind at once.

Enough yogis have been subjected to brain scans that there is no doubt that all that yoga is sparking healthy and creative activity in their brains. Mental, physical, and spiritual well-being is what yoga is all about. Kids have to work a little to get in a pose, and it’s necessary to break movement down to its smallest parts which in turn helps them stay focused longer. Plus, when they achieve a pose, or just work to the best of their ability to get there, it is rewarding because these poses are designed to align the body and make it feel good. Animal Yoga for Kids is a good read to get ideas for how to get younger kids interested. Three Beginner Yoga Poses for Kids is another article for those of you wishing to get your children involved in this practice on your own. But listen; don’t be afraid to dump them off on trained professionals. Check out your community to see if classes are available; if there are, let the yoga teachers who are passionate about it teach them. Either way, take advantage of the benefits that both meditation and yoga can have on a young mind addled, yet gifted, by ADHD.


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