The benefits of yoga therapy
Enhancing range of motion, strength, and balance are among the main benefits of yoga. People with Parkinson's need yoga even more because they have a disorder that takes away range of motion,
strength and balance faster than normal. Beyond the physical realm of yoga's benefits lies the mental and spiritual benefits of stilling the pattern of consciousness. Yoga patterns and philosophies help a person with Parkinson's train his or her mind.
For instance balance is usually something your brain manages unconsciously. Yoga teaches you to move balance away from the damaged unconscious control into consciousness and recover some stability.
Awareness is also another key theme within yoga. Awareness of where you are putting your body helps reduce falling. It also helps you deal with your shuffling walk and lack of arm swing.
However, awareness of mental and spiritual issues is even more useful in coping with of feelings of hostility, bothersome problems, and other negative influences in your life. The peace and stillness help lessen some of those anxieties and provide strength to handle other troubles that beset you.
Most forms of exercise benefit people with Parkinson's disease. Yoga is well-suited to help people improve their physical balance and strength. It is also a discipline that could improve your emotional and spiritual health as well.
Yoga Exercises For Stroke Victims:
Studies have shown that consistent yoga practice can help those recovering from a stroke. Subjects of a study of patients with chronic post-stroke hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body) showed improvement in both balance scores and timed movement battery scores (TMB), following a regular yoga exercise program.
There are certain asanas (postures) which can help stroke victims during recovery. Warrior poses I and II (high lunges), performed with a chair for balance; triangle pose, performed next to a wall or chair for support; and seated twists, keeping the head in a neutral position. Warrior and triangle poses help to open the hips and build strength and flexibility in the legs, while twists help balance the energy flow in the spine. Deep breathing is important in all yoga postures to help the body relax into the pose.