Practicing yoga can help reduce symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Because yoga focuses on breath control and mindfulness, it can help people with ADHD stay present and remain focused.
ADHD makes it difficult for individuals to maintain their focus, manage their energy levels, and control their impulses. However, some research suggests yoga may benefit people with the condition.
Regularly practicing yoga can strengthen the prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain that may be smaller or have reduced function in some people with ADHD. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for decision making, planning, and focus –– all of which are more difficult for a person with ADHD to regulate.
Read on to learn more about how yoga can help people with ADHD. There are also some examples of yoga poses to try.
Yoga can help people with ADHD manage their symptoms and increase their focus.
One 2017 study showed that in children with ADHD, their attention and reaction time improved after 8 weeks of practicing yoga twice per week. The findings suggest this activity can be an effective complementary therapy in addition to medication and psychological treatments, such as therapy.
Similarly, a 2019 study of young children showed that 12 weeks of yoga improved their hyperactivity and inattention symptoms.
However, a review of multiple studies noted that while much research did conclude yoga can help children with ADHD, many studies did not look at a diverse sample of children. With this in mind, more research is necessary to understand further how yoga can benefit a broader population of people with ADHD.
Most studies investigating ADHD and yoga looked at children, but adults may experience similar benefits. However, more research is also necessary in this area.
Yoga offers a variety of benefits, regardless of whether or not an individual has ADHD. When …….