ADHDer here! I'm a certified yoga teacher and ADHD coach-in-training. I empower ADHDers to take care of themselves through movement, breath, and the occasional f-bomb. Follow me at @adhd.yoga and check out my online studio at adhdyoga.ca.
Mindfulness and the ADHD Brain
Mindfulness Science I'm a skeptic. I like concrete, measurable results, which is why for YEARS after I started yoga, it was still just exercise to me. That was it. Don't talk to me about spirit, meditation, or expanding my consciousness. No thank you! I'll do my sun salutations and go, because I can SEE the results those have on my arms, legs and abdomen, thank you very much!
The Niyamas of Yoga
Did you know that the poses and movements that you do in a yoga class are actually just a tiny piece of the big yoga picture? The schematic above is The 8 Limbs of Yoga. These are all of the practices that make the yogic path. Limb three is asana — the poses or postures you do in a yoga class — and it's only one of the eight limbs.
The Rhythm of Rest
I was SUPER productive today. Like so super productive. I did all the boring stuff. I emptied the dishwasher, did the dishes in the sink, killed the house centipede hiding in my dishes, started laundry, cleaned the bathroom, made more cleaner, swept all the floors, I mopped the whole house three times (it was just that dirty), taught yoga, AND kept my kid alive. I did it ALL.
Triggers are Flags for Healing
I made a Reel on Instagram about my ADHD diagnosis that has now been viewed over 555,000 times. That's 690X bigger than the population of the town I grew up in! It is blowing my freakin' mind that something that I made has reached that many people.
Mindfulness Isn't Always Relaxing
Savasana, or "Corpse pose," is the final resting pose at the end of a yoga class. You lay on your back in stillness for 5-10 minutes. People generally fall into two camps when it comes to savasana: You love it, or you hate it. And up until recently, I admittedly stood squarely in the "I hate it" camp.
Left and Your Other Left
I am a yoga instructor with ADHD. This occasionally results in a few "oopsie" moments in class when I forget which pose is supposed to come next in the flow, what number of rep we are on, or whether I should be cuing the left or right side. I got these tattoos the day before I moved out of Vancouver.
A Bad Day Can Just Be a Bad Day
If you had a bad day I want to remind you that bad days are just a snapshot in time. I know we LOVE to overthink things, so sometimes when we are having a particularly ADHD-like day, we can get scared. We may start to believe that: