More yoga therapy research findings

A reader posted a comment to a yoga blog post in June to say she’d “like to see how yoga in chairs works.” Here’s a picture.

An adapted half-moon yoga pose is performed in chairs

A seated half-moon yoga pose is performed.

I had written about promising research involving the use of yoga as part of rehabilitation following stroke. More findings from the study were published recently in the journal Stroke. Lead researcher Arlene Schmid, rehabilitation research scientist with the Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice at the Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center and assistant professor of occupational therapy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, discussed the study in a news release.

“For patients, like those in our study, natural recovery and acute rehabilitation therapy typically ends after six or, less frequently, 12 months,” she said. “We found that yoga exercises significantly extended rehabilitation beyond the first year after stroke.”

The corpse pose is performed with bolsters, straps and eye pillows

Men and women enjoy the corpse pose and mindful meditation, using bolsters and straps for comfort, and eye pillows.

Schmid said in the news release that yoga might be more therapeutic than traditional exercise because the combination of postures, breathing and meditation may produce different effects than simple exercise. She said yoga’s mind-body connection may be what makes it more powerful and engaging than other strengthening exercises.

The yoga classes were taught by a registered yoga therapist and involved many modifications. More information about the study is available in the news release.

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