Yoga for ADHD

It would seem there are many other ways of helping children to regulate their emotions and behaviour aside from the use of medication - one of them, according to this new study, could be yoga :)

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Jan 19, 2017
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28097075

There has been huge controversy in the media, mental health community, schools and the public in general over the growing number of diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Much of the worry centres around the medication, and often over-use of medication, used with children with this diagnosis.

It would seem there are many other ways of helping children to regulate their emotions and behaviour aside from the use of medication - one of them, according to this new study, could be yoga :)

In this study, the effects of an 8-week yoga program on sustained attention and discrimination function in children diagnosed with ADHD was explored. Forty-nine children of an average age of ten were assigned to either a yoga group or a control group. Participants were given the Visual Pursuit Test and Determination Test prior to and after an eight-week exercise intervention (twice per week, 40 min per session) or a control intervention.

Significant improvements in accuracy rate and reaction time of the two tests were observed over time in the yoga group compared with the control group. These findings suggest that alternative therapies such as yoga exercises can be complementary to behavioural interventions for children with attention and inhibition struggles. The researchers of this study expound the view that schools and parents of children with ADHD should consider alternatives for maximising the opportunities that children with ADHD can engage in structured yoga practices :)

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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