Are you inattentive, restless, impulsive or lack concentration? Do you get easily bored with one activity? It may not be due to everyday problems like stress or work pressure. This can be a more serious disorder – Attention Deficiency and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Prachi Jhunjhunwala from Kolkata writes more on this.
Are you inattentive, restless, impulsive or lack concentration? Do you get easily bored with one activity?
It may not be due to everyday problems like stress or work pressure. This can be a more serious disorder – ATTENTION DEFICIENCY AND HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD).
We will see the causes, symptoms and how yoga and meditation can effectively deal with ADHD.
The symptoms of ADHD are hyperactivity, inattentiveness, impulsiveness or a combination of any two or all three of these. If left undiagnosed, a problem like ADHD can be severe enough to affect a person’s career, his social relationships and most importantly his own self image. Sometimes the symptoms of ADHD can be easily confused with other problems such as depression. Such wrong diagnosis can lead to aggravation of the symptoms. Even if diagnosed correctly, the effects of medication are temporary as only the symptoms are treated instead of the root cause of the disease.
ADHD is mainly caused by lifestyle disorders like bad eating and sleeping habits or in some cases it can be genetic.
Holistic treatments like yoga and meditation can provide permanent solutions for ADHD and that too, without any side effects. A healthy lifestyle along with yoga corrects the imbalances in the body over time. The asanas and pranayamas beneficial for people with ADHD are Sun Salutation, Tadasana, Tolasana, Trikonasana, Ujjayi breathing, Nadi-shodana (alternative nostril breathing) etc. These asanas and pranayamas eliminate the toxins accumulated in the body and also improve the sense of balance and focus. Yoga helps people with ADHD to release mental and physical stress along with balancing and regulating their thoughts and actions.
While yoga heals the body, the mind is healed by meditation. Meditation provides a deep rest to the mind which in turn becomes more aware of the body and stimulates the overall healing system. Focus and concentration are some of many by-products of meditation. But as it is very difficult for people with ADHD to be still and calm for meditations, they should have a strong will power, persistence and discipline for a healthy mind and body. A good start for people with ADHD can be ‘Hand Mudras’.
Mudras are certain simple body gestures, usually done with hands. They can regulate and direct energy flow in the body. Mudras are best when combined with yoga or meditation but you can also do it along with your day to day activities like sitting, talking, walking or even while waiting in a queue. These Mudras can provide some instant relief even if practiced for as little as 15 minutes a day. But your body should be loose and relaxed and centered when practicing any form of yoga so that there is no hindrance in the energy flow.
Yoga is a slow process. The benefits of yoga cannot be perceived in a short span of time but in the long run it slowly and steadily corrects the imbalances in the body and the mind.
Caution: Yoga should initially be practiced under the guidance of a trained practitioner.
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