Yoga for ADD

Synonyms in a broader sense

Relaxation techniques, hatha yoga, yoga, Iyengar yoga, physical and mental relaxation, stress management, relaxation and breathing techniques, deep relaxation, rapid relaxation, meditation, ADD, ADHD, positive self-influence, poor concentration.

Definition and description

Yoga is a very old relaxation technique, the roots of which can initially be found in India and thus religiously in the field of Hinduism, and partly also Buddhism. While yoga was still of a very spiritual nature at that time, many different directions, the so-called yoga schools, developed over time. Yoga itself is considered a part of the Indian medicine, called Ayurveda (= Wisdom of life ”), which is called the oldest (approx. 4000 years) until today“ current ”health teaching.
Even today there are different forms of yoga, so that yoga can also be practiced independently of religion and one's own worldview.
Due to its relaxing properties, yoga can increase well-being by reducing stress.



Yoga is a relaxation technique from India that can now be learned and performed independently of worldview and religion.
Yoga represents a holistic relaxation concept and is therefore based on the interaction of body, mind and soul. A fundamental distinction must be made between yoga variants that are more body-oriented and more meditative variants.

Especially with regard to the more physically oriented variants, it must be said that some variants are not suitable for beginners, as they stretch the muscles, tendons and ligaments very much or put a lot of strain on the back and knee joint. This includes, for example, the so-called Iyengar yoga.

It is recommended to start with a gentler form of yoga and to ensure that beginners courses are taken. In principle, yoga should fit into the various therapy plans, for example ADD or ADHD. Ask the treating therapist for suitable forms.

Hatha yoga

Hatha Yoga is a more physically oriented variant of yoga that tries to combine relaxation and movement through various components. Classically, hatha yoga includes:

  1. certain postures, called Asanas
  2. certain breathing exercises, called Pranayamas
  3. a form of deep relaxation

Asanas (= postures) aim to strengthen muscles in a gentle way. Each asana must be adhered to for a certain period of time, as it is assumed that this is the only way the life energy can flow again without blockage.
The asanas are supported by specific breathing exercises, since according to the Indian doctrine of healing, breathing not only requires the supply of oxygen, but also ensures a specific and constant absorption of life energy. Based on the assumption that too little life energy is absorbed through too much stress, targeted breathing techniques should counteract the stress phenomenon.
Classically, at the end of a hatha yoga training there is about a quarter of an hour deep relaxation (can vary in time), which aims to reduce stress factors, restore inner peace and strengthen the immune system.

Other forms of relaxation

  1. autogenic training
  2. Muscle relaxation according to Jacobson

Jacobson's muscle relaxation is another relaxation therapy that was developed by the American Jacobson at around the same time as autogenic training. While autogenic training is more imaginative, muscle relaxation is where you find it Jacobson specific and specific muscle exercises / muscle tension instead of.

Another form of relaxation is offered by meditationin which the unity of body and mind is to be achieved.

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