Stammering can be defined as a neurological condition that makes it physically hard to speak. The symptoms of stammering or stuttering include repeated words and getting stuck on sounds or words. The condition can lead to stress due to the individual struggling to become coherent in his speech.
According to recent research, approximately 8 percent of children will stammer at some point, but most will go on to talk fluently. Stammering, in the long run, can be hereditary, caused due to speech impediments, or some event of trauma in the child’s upbringing. Approximately, up to 3 percent of adults will have to live with this as a lifelong condition.
Yoga to reduce stammering in children
Following are some of the ways that yoga can be used as therapy:
Sit in any comfortable pose (such as Sukhasan, Ardhapadmasan or Padmasana)
Straighten your back and close your eyes
Place your left palm on your knee facing up (in Prapthi Mudra)
Contract your throat and breathe in from your nose
As you inhale, you must make an audible sound
After you have slowly filled your lungs with air, make an ‘O’ shape with your lips and exhale through it
Duration: You may begin by practising this breathing technique for five minutes a day and gradually increase it with time.
Surya Namaskar should be practised regularly to bring tons of health benefits for those suffering from this condition. Surya Namaskar, or Sun salutation as it is known, should be done ideally early in the morning as it is considered to be very good for overall health and well-being.
1. Paschimottanasana – Seated forward bend
Begin by stretching your legs forward
Exhale, bend forward and place your upper body on your lower body
Begin by standing in Samasthithi (feet together and body upright)
Exhale and gently bend your upper body down from the hips and touch your nose to your knees
Place palms on either side of feet
As a beginner, you can bend your knees slightly, rest your stomach on your thighs and place your fingertips or palms down.
With practice, slowly straighten your knees and try to touch your chest to your thighs
3. Adomukhi Svanasana – Downward dog pose
Start on all fours, ensuring palms are under the shoulders and knees below hips
Pushing off from your palms and toes lift up your pelvis
Straighten the knees and elbows forming an inverted ‘V’ shape with your body
Palms should be placed shoulder-width apart
Bring your feet closer
Your bodyweight should be distributed between your feet and palms
Keep your focus on your big toes
Lie on your back with palms beside your body
Press your palms into the floor to lift your legs up and drop them behind your head
Use your palms to support the back, if needed
Medical research and scientists attest to the fact that there is no link between stammering and a child’s intellectual capacity. Stammering is mainly a neurological condition and generally, everyone stammers differently and to different degrees. However, along with speech therapy and yogic exercises, the condition may improve as they get older.