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

Harris, A, Austin, M, Blake, TM and Bird, ML ORCID: 0000-0001-9642-7196 2019 , 'Perceived benefits and barriers to yoga participation after stroke: A focus group approach' , Complementary therapies in clinical practice, vol. 34 , pp. 153-156 , doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.11.015.

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Background: and Purpose: There is increasing evidence to suggest yoga can bebeneficial to health and wellbeing after stroke. The purpose of this study was to identify perceived benefits and barriers to yoga participation among adults withchronic 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 atlocal 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 includedphysical 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 instructortraining, focus on the mind-body connection aspects of yoga, and modifying activities to safely accommodate the physical abilities of the participants.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Harris, A and Austin, M and Blake, TM and Bird, ML
Keywords: Stroke, Exercise, Yoga, Stress
Journal or Publication Title: Complementary therapies in clinical practice
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1744-3881
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2018.11.015
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© 2018 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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