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“The children trained in yoga showed greater improvement in areas of attention and hyperactivity as well as homework compliance,” said lead author Meera Balasubramaniam, MD, a psychiatrist at the NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. “In addition, one of the studies in our review also mentions that parents were able to employ yoga techniques for de-escalation of behavioral problems in children.”
Khalsa has been practicing yoga since the early 1970s, maintaining a strong daily practice as part of a spiritual community, which included children, as well.
Downward-Facing Dog is one easy pose she has recommended for children with ADHD. “This is a very, very well-known yoga pose, and it’s very good for relaxing and draining out excess tension and energy,” Khalsa said. “When the head is forward, you’re in a releasing mode.”
Tree Pose is another yoga movement Khalsa recommended. It requires a child to balance on one foot, with his palms together over his head and his other foot placed against the inner thigh of the leg holding his weight. “I tell children pick a spot on the wall and look at that spot and bring your foot up,” she said. “Watching that spot helps them steady.”
Khalsa said she also likes to use very physical movements like Frog Hops or Monkey Jumps, in which the kids have to bend down low and then pop up with energy. “They are great for releasing excess energy,” she said.
Finally, and a useful approach for all aspects of raising a child with ADHD, Khalsa suggested offering lots of praise to ADHD children. “Catch them doing something right. Catch them doing something well. You want to focus on the positive,” she said. “They hear so much negativity about themselves all day long, so when you see them doing something well, acknowledge it.”