Yoga and Managing Attention Deficit Disorders

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Yoga and Managing Attention Deficit Disorders

yoga teacher trainingBy Sanjeev Patel, CYT 500

Medical professionals suggest that adults get at least thirty minutes of exercise (preferably aerobic) between three and five times per week. This aerobic exercise helps maintain general health. However, for those who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), this exercise helps reduce stress levels. It also helps in balancing the production of neurotransmitters.

Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, is a disorder that causes individuals to be inattentive and impulsive. For individuals who suffer from it, it may also cause him or her to have difficulty learning in a structured environment. ADD is found in two percent of adults and three to nine percent of school-age children. Yoga training may be an aid in decreasing the extreme effects of ADD.

A flowing asana practice provides many of the same benefits as general aerobic exercise, such as running, but it also offers the benefits of increased strength and flexibility. Flowing asana sequences (vinyasa) also help in decreasing cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Moreover, asana practice requires a mental commitment to each exercise and technique that is performed.

Therefore, those who suffer from ADD would benefit from the self-awareness, self-control, and concentration that is necessary to maintain the mind and body connection. Yoga instructors teach their students relaxation and deep breathing. These practices aid in centering the mind.

The asanas, or postures, that instructors teach help the students focus on keeping the best posture possible while maintaining their deep, calm breaths. These asanas and deep breathing exercises also help with mental awareness and relaxation. If Yoga training is practiced frequently and regularly, an ADD sufferer may find him or herself mentally stronger and more controlled. Yoga may also be a healthy alternative for children who suffer from ADD.

It is important to remember that yoga is an art that is meant to encourage tranquility and relaxation. Therefore, although those who suffer from ADD may struggle to grasp the moves, they should not be reprimanded. Yogic methodology is used to drive out stress. It should not be used to create stress.

Allow the student to concentrate on his or herself and perform the exercises that are comfortable. As with most forms of structured exercise, an individual who suffers from ADD should look for his or her local Yoga studio or center. These centers hire Yoga teachers who have been rigorously trained to understand the proper environment and techniques that are necessary for all students to achieve a state of ideal relaxation.

© Copyright 2011 – Sanjeev Patel / Aura Wellness Center – Publications Division

Sanjeev Patel is a certified hatha yoga instructor and an exclusive author for Aura Wellness Center.

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