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Perceived benefits and barriers to yoga participation after stroke: A focus group approach


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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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.11.015


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Stroke, Exercise, Yoga, Stress
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Neurology and neuromuscular diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Preventive medicine
UTAS Author:Bird, ML (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)
ID Code:130762
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-02-11
Last Modified:2019-04-15

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