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Yoga and the Art of Attention for ADD or ADHD
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Yoga training has been proven to give children the ability to pay attention in a world where there are many more distractions for children than ever before. When we were kids, we used to daydream, but today there is no time to day dream with a smart phone beeping and buzzing all day long. Adults also have problems with focusing. So, it's impossible for parents to deny attention deficit orders as cars crash into each other and pedestrians, while drivers text at the wheel. Technology and air head drivers are literally killing people! If adults can't focus and get their priorities straight, how can we expect our children to pay attention? Will we ask them to babysit us next?

As the implications of daily life build, the subject of maintaining focus has been frequent among the medical and social news worlds. Jobs involving quick thinking can leave you in a state of perpetual speed. There has also been buzz around the psychology of children that are unable to take tests to their full ability. Recent studies show how time spent on yogic methods can affect individuals of any age - the activity has proven to give most people an increased sense of attention and less anxiety throughout the day. This realization can yield massive advantages for the requirements of professional, family, and emotional obligations of life.

Modern technology is a huge contributor towards the plummeting average human attention span. With tweets, statuses, and pop up advertisements flying at users from all directions, we have reached the point of chaos. Fortunately, the poses and meditation found within asana practice can bring the mind back to a more efficient system of operating. The objectives in yoga sessions are far more conducive to learning and concentration than thirty-minute television programs.

Attention deficit [hyperactive] disorder, otherwise known as ADHD, is rampant among not only the youth, but also many adults. Psychotherapist Jim Spira personally verified the effects in relation to his own diagnosis of ADD. He and several other doctors study the disease for the sake of being able to educate children. The prestigious American Academy of Pediatrics, or the medical category of non-adults, hosted a survey proposing this theory in 2001. While many doctors had not been exposed to the subject of yoga, those that did formed a whopping twenty four percent of the academy members. These examiners found the rhythmic breathing and movement to be advantageous to kids with attention deficiencies.

To get more specific, pranayama practice encourages the movement of gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) in the synapses of the human brain. The GABA receptors play a role in levels of focus and anxiety. The meditative aspect of these stretches paired effectively with intense physical motion, as was found in a Boston University study. Dr. Chris C. Streeter reported that more subjects practicing yoga regularly for the first time had higher levels of GABA activity than subjects practicing frequent walking. This just goes to show - that yoga is not just a simple form of exercise and it really does optimize the way your mind works, especially when it comes to paying attention.


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Yoga for children with learning disabilities: According to The National Institute of Health, learning disabilities slow down the ability of a person to think, recall, process and store the given information. It is referred as a psychological or neurological condition that influences the ability to learn and communicate efficiently. In kids especially this problem may affect the capability of reading, writing, speaking, doing calculation and communication skills. In some cases the child should loss his/her academic performances, self confidence, creativity, sensory and motor skills.

The learning disorders among children are of different types and categorized according to an individual difficulties with related signs and symptoms. The disorder is caused due to various reasons, most commonly found among them are due to some trauma, genetic or fetal developmental abnormalities. On time diagnosis and correct treatment will be helpful in preventing kid’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral wellness. When the child is identified with this disability, he/she should need extra care and attention so that they can feel happy, strong, focused, motivated and self confident.

It is proved by several clinical trials and observations that ancient therapy of yoga is an effective therapeutic treatment for kids to cope up with learning disorders because the holistic yoga approach is a complete package that works on physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing moreover on all areas of kid’s development. Regular practice of yoga offers intellectual development of children by increasing communication, fine and gross motor planning skills. As stated in articles published in different journals such as, School of Psychology Review, Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, Early child Development and Care and International Journal of Rehabilitation and Health, yoga techniques are highly beneficial for improving child’s emotional, behavioral, academicals and social abilities.

The basic techniques of yoga are physical postures, paranayama breathing, relaxation and meditational process, simple poses or asanas when performed by kid suffering with learning disability offer feeling of calmness and tranquility. The bodily movements and stretch exercises help to relax facial muscles, strengthen and stimulate numerous brain centers by using both sides of it also enhance ability to focus and improve recognition skill. Paranayama breathing exercises plays a vital role for providing therapeutic treatment by activating complete nervous system and strengthening immune system. Controlled breathing provide innumerable advantages ranging from enhancing mental focus, concentration, improving blood circulation, supplying sufficient amount of oxygen to brain cells and getting rid from stagnant energies by bringing fresh vital life forces. The major advantage of paranayama is that it helps to relax and rejuvenate by releasing stress and frustration results due to learning disabilities. Breathing techniques and physical poses when performed in combination facilitate to develop body awareness, balance, coordination and flexibility. The meditational procedure helps to develop skills to get focused and concentrate a major element for kids to learn. The practice allows them to remember things with clarity of mind and regulates emotional state of mind.

It is better that these children should performed yoga exercises under the guidance of skilled teacher with special class set up and fun filled environment. Each one of these child should need individual attention and exercises according to their requirements of body and mental status.

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