Harris, A and Austin, M and Blake, TM and Bird, ML, Perceived benefits and barriers to yoga participation after stroke: A focus group approach, Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 34 pp. 153-156. ISSN 1744-3881 (2019) [Refereed Article]
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Background: and Purpose: There is increasing evidence to suggest yoga can be beneficial to health and wellbeing after stroke. The purpose of this study was to identify perceived benefits and barriers to yoga participation among adults with chronic stroke.
Materials and methods: Twenty-six community dwelling adults (14 female, 12 male) who were at least 6-months post-stroke participated in four focus groups held at local stroke recovery meetings. Data was recorded and transcripts were analysed thematically.
Results: Participants identified whole body benefits, the return of connection and feeling health in mind as the primary benefits of yoga. Perceived barriers included physical barriers to participation, cognitive challenges, environmental access, and financial limitations.
Conclusion: Stroke survivors perceive yoga practice provides benefits in ‘connectedness’. Future interventions should recognize the importance of yoga instructor training, focus on the mind-body connection aspects of yoga, and modifying activities to safely accommodate the physical abilities of the participants.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Stroke, Exercise, Yoga, Stress|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Field:||Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases|
|Objective Group:||Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)|
|Objective Field:||Preventive Medicine|
|UTAS Author:||Bird, ML (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)|
|Deposited By:||Health Sciences|
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