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Yoga for clients who have had a stroke.
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November 24, 2005 - 9:54 am
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Namaskar Rashmi:

I ran across a 2004 research study for "A Yoga-Based Exercise Program for People With Chronic Poststroke Hemiparesis."

You can get the 16 page research report in PDF format at:

For best results, people recovering from a stroke who wish to rehabilitate through yoga practice should consider private or semi-private yoga sessions with a teacher who has experience in this area. Yoga teachers who see yoga as a fitness class would not be qualified to help students who are recovering from a stroke.

The teacher with a therapeutic background will be the best fit. Yoga therapy, Restorative, Iyengar, and Viniyoga would be beneficial. I don't mean to exclude other styles. There are other styles too, but these therapeutic yoga styles adapt themselves to meet the needs of their students.

Some general information about strokes and Yoga

A stroke is one of the most devastating of medical conditions. Strokes can change lives of the victim and his / her family without any warning. Suddenly a blood clot blocks a section of the brain which causes brain damage. In an instant a stroke victim has lost conscious use of speech, limbs, vision, bladder, etc.

Stroke survivors often need a comprehensive yoga therapy rehabilitation program. This program might include physical, and emotional therapy, depending on the particular needs of the client.

Yoga has been found to be very beneficial in the rehabilitation of stroke survivors. There are many different Yoga programs that are specially adapted to suit the needs of stroke survivors. The best way to be sure that you receive the maximum benefits from Yoga is to undertake yoga therapy sessions conducted by a professional yoga teacher who specializes in dealing with stroke survivors.


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