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Yoga Therapy for Stroke

Yoga Therapy for Stroke

Arlene Schmid | Marieke van Puymbroeck | Matthew J. Taylor | Linda Williams



A guide to yoga therapy for post-stroke rehabilitation, this book is for yoga teachers and yoga therapists, but also for occupational, recreational, physical and speech therapists who work with people with stroke and may integrate yoga into their practice.

Rooted in evidence-based research and written by two yoga teachers who are also academics and researchers in rehabilitation, the book provides basic information about stroke and neuroplasticity, discusses the mind body disconnect that often occurs after stroke, and provides instruction on how to improve balance, strength and range of motion. It also covers effective meditation techniques to help overcome the stress and emotional impact of stroke.

Clear photographs demonstrate yoga postures and activities specifically adapted for stroke patients, alongside case studies.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Foreword by Matthew J. Taylor 9
Foreword by Linda S. Williams 11
Acknowledgments 13
1. Introduction 15
2. Exploring Stroke Basics: A Review and Primer 20
3. Exploring Yoga Basics: A Holistic Approach to Therapy After Stroke 43
4. Evidence-Based Research Supporting the Use of Yoga as Therapy After Stroke 62
5. Incorporating the Therapeutic Practice of Yoga After Stroke 74
6. Descriptions and Modifications of Asanas (Postures) for Yoga Post-Stroke 90
7. Descriptions and Modifications of Restorative Asana (Postures) for Yoga Post-Stroke 153
8. Descriptions of Pranayama (Breath Work) Used in Yoga Post-Stroke 172
9. Descriptions of Meditation Used in Yoga Post-Stroke 183
10. Descriptions of Mudras Used in Yoga Post-Stroke 189
11. Case Reports: How We and Other Therapists Have Used Yoga After Stroke 198
12. Sample Yoga Practices 228
13. Tips and Resources to Best Integrate Yoga into Practice 279
14. Prevention of Future Strokes and Injuries 309
References 315
Subject Index 321
Author Index 326
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