Yoga and mindfulness practices have been shown in recent studies to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children, particularly children with ADHD!
At Groton Farm School, we dedicate 30 minutes each morning to yoga and meditation.
I have a 5-year-old student who tells me occasionally, “Wow I had a great meditation today!” Even the youngest children are appreciating the benefits when done every day.
Yoga improves balance, strength, and aerobic capacity. Current research is showing us that yoga and meditation/mindfulness improve focus, memory, self-esteem, and academic performance. Another very important finding is that it can reduce anxiety and stress in children.
Emerging research also suggests that yoga and meditation are very beneficial for kids with ADHD. It can significantly improve inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
These practices are also critical to the mental health of our children. I see many kids with such anxiety and depression. It saddens me tremendously. Kids should be free to be kids, unencumbered with this weight. Covid isolation, social media, and too much screen time have certainly contributed to these conditions.
I encourage all parents reading this, to try these practices regularly at home with your children, especially children with ADHD.