“It’s never too late to turn the light on.”
Adaptive Chair Yoga
Wednesdays at 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM Mountain Time
This yoga class is practiced completely seated and is ideal for clients of all skill levels and mobility, including those who have one side weakness or paralysis. This class aims to work both sides of the brain and build neuroplasticity through poses and movements that work one or both sides of the body.
Caregiver Chair Yoga
Caregiver class is ideal for individuals who want to increase mobility, physical endurance, and foster mind-body connection. Standing poses and movements may be incorporated. Class topics and meditations emphasize mindfulness techniques that build coping skills and expand self-awareness.
Our 60 minute Mindfulness classes explain the stress response at a physiological level, introduce mindfulness practices and techniques, and provide resources so you can use these techniques appropriately outside the classroom to help reduce stress and anxiety.
Self-care isn’t selfish!
Benefits to a consistent yoga practice
Research has expanded in recent years to include exploring yoga as an additional resource for stroke survivors and the findings are tremendous.
A consistent yoga practice can decrease the experience of negative emotions and help build motor function and endurance.
Mindfulness and mind-body practices are an excellent resource for caregivers as well.
Studies show that a consistent yoga practice can help caregivers in reducing anxiety and depressive symptoms as well as improve caregiver quality of life.
“In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.”
— Albert Einstein
Sometimes we need a little extra support or help to get us back on track. Unalome Lotus offers one-on-one coaching options for stroke survivors, caregiver, or family members.
Benefits of Individual Coaching
Studies show that active and cognitive strategies like psychoeducation, problem solving, and mindfulness were beneficial for survivors during recovery.
Individual coaching sessions for survivors focus on building these skills in addition to the use of evidence-based therapeutic interventions to help clients with anxiety, depression, and other negative emotions.
Caregivers and Families
Individual coaching isn’t only for stroke survivors. Caregivers have a high risk of experiencing anxiety, depression, and stress compared to non-caregivers.
Psychoeducation and other psychological techniques, such as coping skill-training, problem-solving therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral therapy, have been shown to help reduce caregiver anxiety and depressive symptoms as well as increase general psychosocial wellbeing.
Rachael has her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver and Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Agnes Scott College. She has over 6 years of experience in the mental health field working closely with adolescents, adults, and older adults.
Rachael received her YTT200 yoga teacher certificate in 2018 and has had a personal practice for over 10 years. She loves combining her passion of yoga with her social work skill set to bring her clients an inclusive and healing practice.
The Impact of Stroke
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries nutrients and oxygen to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures/bursts. Because of this rupture, part of the brain cannot get blood and/or oxygen necessary for function resulting in the death of brain cells. The two most common forms of stroke is an ischemic stroke and a hemorrhagic stroke. A TIA (transient ischemic attack), is caused by a temporary clot (American Heart Association).
In 2019 alone, there were 101.5 million strokes worldwide with 6.6 million of these resulting in death. Ischemic strokes account for over 70% of strokes globally and are more prevalent in countries in parts of North Africa and the Middle East, southern sub-Saharan Africa, high-income North America, and Southeast Asia ( American Heart Association) .
With this staggering number in mind, it is no surprise that stroke is a leading cause of disability and death worldwide (World Health Organization). WSO reports that there are over 80 million individuals globally who are living with this chronic illness. They also report that 1 in 4 people over the age of 25 will have a stroke in their lifetime (World Stroke Organization).
There is no doubt that stroke is a life-altering event for both the survivor and their families.