YOGA & STROKE RECOVERY



Stroke is a life changing event, not only for those who have one, but the people around them.

Yoga is a mind, body practice, and helps to coordinate movement and breathing. According to the study, after eight weeks of yoga, participants improved both in balance and flexibility. They also exhibited a stronger and faster gait, and increased strength and endurance. Yoga has been used to help individuals recover from a variety of health related issues, including anxiety and depression, arthritis, back pain and stroke. Many hospitals and rehabilitation centers offer yoga classes specifically design for stroke patients. Yoga for stroke and exercise programs for stroke recovery are most successful when designed with the same focus of gaining and restraining abilities.


Studies have shown that consistent yoga practice can help those recovery from a stroke. There are certain asanas (postures) which can help stroke victims during recovery. 

These smaller studies do suggest that Yoga's focus on the breathe and the strength, balance and flexibility can aid in a patients recovery from a stroke. 

Breath: Body Awareness can be a challenge for anyone. Strokes often times rewire the brain, disconnecting the minds link to where parts of the body are and what they are doing. Mindful breathing and focused breathing exercises can help a person reconnect. 

Strength: Strength building in recovery is essential, especially where paralysis was involved. 

Flexibility: Posture often suffers in a persons recovery from a stroke. 

Balance: We use balance on a daily basis to walk, get dressed, twist, and move about doing normal activities. Most people probably don't realize how important balance is until it's gone. Stroke victims often have to re-learn many of these basic movements in order to function. Balance poses especially if paralysis involved, should include props for support.Walking meditation alongside of a wall is an example of a focused, supported, movement that includes body awareness and balance practice.

Attitude: It's important that stroke victims regain strength, mobility and balance, for their confidence to improve. The meditative portions of a yoga routine encourage inner reflection and peace.The result is a positive attitude toward recovery and life in general.
 
Stroke Awareness and Stroke Recovery is so important to me that I will donate my time and services for a yoga class(s). It's an amazing cause and so close to my heart, that if I can help just one person, it will put a smile on my face and hopefully a smile on many other brave faces. It's not easy for someone that just went through having a stroke to get into a yoga practice but hopefully with my background and after losing my mom to a stroke, I can help bond a connection and start them on a path to a healthy and happy life that they once lived. It's never easy starting over but with the right tools and someone that is rooting for you, yoga is the best tool for a new life.  
                                                                                                                                                                         


"Nothing is Permanent.
Everything Is Subject To Change.
Being Is Always Becoming."
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