ADHD can be a difficult medical condition to deal with. Often, patients are given so many medications it can be a full time job remembering which pills to take when. One activity that has recently gained popularity in the treatment of ADHD is participating in yoga. Yoga not only strengthens the body, but also calms the mind. This article discusses 3 great yoga poses that can be used in the treatment of ADHD.
1. Table Pose
Table Pose is a great pose to include in a yoga routine for people who suffer from ADHD because it requires a great deal of concentration. Start on all fours. Look down at your hands; make sure they are directly under your shoulders, and your fingers are spread widely apart. Next, look back at your knees. They should be positioned directly below your hips, with your lower legs resting on the ground. Make sure your spine is in a straight line from your head down to your tailbone. Take a few deep breaths.
As you exhale, slowly lift your right arm off the ground, and extend it in front of your body, reaching forward. Your arm should be at the same height as your spine, and should reflect a continuation of the spine. Carefully set the right arm back onto the ground. Repeat the process with the left arm. Hold each arm up for at least thirty seconds, being sure to keep it extended straight in front of your body. Repeat another time if desired.
2. Balancing Pose
Balancing pose is another great pose that not only strengthens your body, but helps to ease your mind. Sit on the ground with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Roll your weight slightly back, so you are sitting on your tailbone. Raise your hands up, and place them behind the legs, on the underside of the knees. Slowly roll your weight back even further, so that your feet come off the ground. Keep your hands behind your knees, supporting their weight. At this point, try to keep your spine in as straight a line as possible. Look straight ahead, and hold the pose as long as you can–ideally, the pose should be held for at least 30 seconds.
3. Corpse Pose
Finally, corpse pose is a great way to wrap up any yoga session, especially one designed for people who are suffering from ADHD. Lay back on the ground with your back on the floor and your legs extended in front of your body. Relax your arms by your sides, allowing your palms to face the sky. Relax all of the muscles in your body, including those in your feet–allowing them to fall to the sides. Empty your mind. If a though passes through your mind, acknowledge it, and then dismiss it. Simply concentrate on where you are at the current moment and how your body is feeling.