Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder that starts in childhood. The disorder will often continue through the teenage years and into adulthood. Common symptoms include hyperactivity, lack of control, impulsiveness and many children may struggle to concentrate.
Yoga is a non-competitive practice. Because of this, yoga is believed to help people with ADHD by teaching them how to cope with day-to-day challenges in a more relaxed and effective way.
How can yoga help?
Studies suggest that a 20-minute exercise routine can significantly improve focus in those living with ADHD. Yoga poses – especially the forward bends – including the hare pose, downward dog and the head-to-knee pose have calming effects. These poses are also thought to help increase focus and coordination.
A common problem many individuals with ADHD face is a lack of inhibitory control. Yoga and meditation techniques have been found to...