Yoga to Help Stroke Recovery

Yoga 2There are many different activities we can do to assist us with stroke recovery, especially when it is the limbs that suffer from some form of paralysis.

A physio therapist is usually the first person that we use to assist us. Sometimes the physio will include working-out in the pool. Hydrotherapy has water hotter than normal and this also helps to loosen muscles and reduce pain.

In this video, the lass who has suffered a stroke is using Yoga in an attempt to get her tendons and muscles working again. The help she is receiving is from a very caring and patient person – another essential quality necessary to relax the patient and make them feel more secure.

Tips and Hints

It is so easy to become miserable when you no longer can do the normal activities that you took for granted before having a stroke. However, if you concentrate on what you can do and have a plan of action to help you improve on what you can no longer do, your recovery will not only be more pleasant but is also likely to be more successful.

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54 thoughts on “Yoga to Help Stroke Recovery

  1. Sarah Keating

    It’s great advice. Some days I tell myself that it’s not important how much exercise I do, just that I get up and do something!

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  2. Tony Paylor

    Yoga is a gentle way to exercise your body, hence it is ideal for stroke recovery. I believe if you do yoga regularly in conjunction with some aerobics, it would be helpful to prevent stroke in the first place.

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  3. Gary R

    This article is very inspirational. When you are dealing with any type of physical or mental disability you should seek some type of relief. You need to be persistent in trying to improve your situation.

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  4. Josh

    Yoga is great for overall health. As a male, I always thought of Yoga as something that was better suited for females, but after I tried it, I can tell you that it really builds your body. In fact, you’ll be using muscles that you wouldn’t have been able to target when weight lifting or playing sports. I do it as least once a week now.

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  5. Zach S

    Yoga is the thing of wonders, I tell you what. Being male and older, yoga really helps me to bear with my health issues and keeps me active.

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  6. Trudy

    Yoga has proved to be helpful to heal many illnesses. Its good to know that Yoga can help get the muscles & tendons working again for stroke victims.

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  7. Osman Oghuz

    Wow, is there anything yoga CAN’T do? I think my grandmother could benefit from this. It’s good for her, and not too physically strenuous.

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  8. Isar Bahar

    Yoga is so awesome and once again finds another area to help people better their lives. Stroke is so debilitating mentally and physically and yoga does help one’s recovery in a great way.

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  9. Elleah

    I like the part about focusing on what you can do and coming up with a plan of action for what you can’t do. That is smart.

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  10. Tessa Lapthorn

    Yoga is a beautiful form of exercise, It doesn’t come as a surprise that it helps Stroke victims. It also helps brain capacity after Chemo. This is a beautiful and helpful blog/video. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  11. Sunjoo K

    Luckily, I have not had a stroke or similar ailment but yoga with all its wonderful healing powers can definitely help from a mental and physical state of recovery. Thanks!

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  12. Amber Ortiz

    I knew yoga was good for health in general, but I didn’t know it could also help stroke survivors! This is just another reason for me to get my brother into yoga 🙂

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  13. james

    This is such an insightful article. I’ve found yoga in my own life has been amazing at getting me out of a deep depression. As you say depression related to having suffered a serious health problem can cause a deep depression, but I’ve found that yoga can really pull you out of your funk and brighten your life.

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  14. Dustin

    Yoga has such amazing healing qualities. I’m always astounded what a little care and exercise can do to improve the human body. I agree with you that starting in task no matter how small or large can seem daunting at first. I find that it is always help to develop a plan with little steps that you can accomplish till you slow build yourself up to accomplish more and more each time out

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  15. sam ross

    I think this is very helpful because it is not just the exercises that will do good but the support and kindness that the person receives.As for a ‘plan of action’ i think this is a very good idea to make sure you are committed.

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  16. sam ross

    I take my hat off to Barbara for her tireless work in this area and recovery from a stroke is very important to understand.

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  17. Lanya

    I agree that doing something that is pleasant, like yoga, can be very healing, especially after something like a stroke. It is a wonderful way to calm and focus your thoughts toward something positive which in turn can help your body heal.

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  18. afroja

    Yoga is really good exercise i get its benefit, my grandma tell me about yoga but first time i don’t listen it, one day i start it then i love it.

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  19. Jim

    Yoga is great for the mind body and soul. I can definitely recommend using the advice presented here for those of us who have had a stroke.

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  20. Aidan

    I’m new to yoga but this post might be the thing that finally persuades me to start. really well-done video as well, great stuff.

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  21. Joseph

    Yoga has benefited me for years, and my mother, who also experienced a minor stroke several years ago. Although, she wasn’t aware that it did. I’ll have to share this article with her!

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  22. Elie Gould

    Very interesting approach to recovery. Having to fight against your body must be such a challenge, per the video, but yoga seems like a brilliant way to tackle it. It’s very inspiring to see how the patient in this video has made progress.

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  23. Julia Sutherland

    Thank you for sharing this, Barbara! It is inspiring to know that such a basic practice really benefits every aspect of our life, even when we are recovering from a traumatic physiological event.

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  24. Danica Reed

    My mother introduced me to yoga exercise about a year ago and I am enjoying it. Moreover it is really great to know that it has some health benefits too.

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  25. Judy Workman

    I never heard of hydrotherapy before. And yes you have to have a person working with you that knows what they are doing so you can recover quicker. This is good info.

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  26. Bill

    Being a man, I was reluctant to try yoga, but I gave it a shot last year and I continue to do it because it makes me feel great all day.

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  27. Jillaine H.

    I couldn’t agree more! Yoga has so many benefits for both the mind and body and I’m as certain as Gabby that it works wonders after such an experience!

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  28. Rui

    Seems like a very positive approach. With Yoga not only you take care of the physical part but also can help you find the peace and relaxation stroke patients need.

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  29. THUSHARI

    Great article! It is a wonderful way to calm and focus your thoughts toward something positive which in turn can help your body heal.Yoga can really help stroke recovery. It relaxes you and your brain and can do wonders.

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  30. Olivia Chan

    Being a stroke survivor, I have been doing yoga for 2 years noe, it is great for both body and mind! Really good advice in this article, thank you!

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  31. aminegriffy

    This article shows why everyone should practice Yoga, It’s a shame that people under-estimate the benefits of Yoga and ignore it.

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  32. John Mayor

    Yoga have been know for its great powers to embark physical fitness, but I never knew yoga have a good impact on stroke as well. This article has been very helpful and definitely encouraged me to have more time for yoga.

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  33. Nephilim

    Wonderful article. I have been rowing for 10 years, always stretching. Recently I have had a stroke and it is amazing that I can combine stretching through yoga with my stroke recovery.

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    1. Barbara Gabogrecan Post author

      My husband has severe back problems which we attribute to his competitive rowing during his youth….so, it was not helpful to him in his health in his older days.

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  34. supremex

    I had a family member that passed away after several severe strokes. This idea that Yoga could have helped in recovery is amazing. If yoga could aid in a recovery from a stroke, imagine the other possibilities.

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  35. Andy Shaw

    My uncle had a stroke while we were camping out on the lake – too much alcohol and sunshine. His plan of action was to quit drinking, which was hard for him, but he eventually did and his health greatly improved.

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    1. Barbara Gabogrecan Post author

      The main risk factors for getting a stroke are drinking too much alcohol, smoking, diabetes, cholesterol. high blood pressure and a heart that beats irregularly (which was what I had) – so if giving up alcohol helped your uncle, then that was probably a major catalyst that caused the stroke in the first place. Good on him for persevering!

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  36. Cammie Sizemore

    Yoga is wonderful in that almost anyone can do it, regardless of ability or size. It has helped me with everything from my anxiety to my diabetes management.

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  37. Jenni

    Concentrating on positive things like yoga and other things you can do after stroke is so important. I remember reading that research supports the idea of optimistic look on life having a huge impact on recovery.

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  38. Rich Pirrin

    I had no idea that yoga could help people who have suffered a stroke. My grandmother recently had a stroke. I will be passing this info on to her. I think it will really help her.

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  39. Mark

    Great article, I knew yoga was good for a lot of things but never knew it could be good for stroke recovery.

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  40. Jenny M

    Sounds like an excellent way to recover from a stroke, naturally. Yoga is good for you mentally and physically. Better to try this as an option, even if you take it easy and don’t go all out.

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