The Scotsman newspaper reports that a study in the US shows that yoga helps stroke patients improve their self-confidence and balance.
“US doctors followed a 50-strong group of patients who took part in yoga classes to assess if it helped improve their balance.
All of them had suffered a stroke more than previous months before.
They found the exercise, which dates back to ancient Indian times, improved patients’ brain function and improved their balance.”
Two groups of patients took part in a rehabilitation programme. One group were taught yoga, the other wasn’t. According to the report;
“The experts found the group which did yoga significantly improved their balance by the end of the two-month period.
They also scored higher rates for feeling like they had regained their independence and quality of life, and said they were less afraid of falling.”
These results won’t come as a surprise to those of us who practice yoga, but it’s nice to see this kind of confirmation of the benefits of yoga.
Hopefully the mainstream medical profession will be a bit more open-minded about this ancient system of health. After all, it has stood the test of time.
STROKE patients who take up yoga are more likely to improve their balance and self-confidence.