• Poses & Techniques,  Research Studies

    Brain Games and Phone Apps For Stroke or TBI

    Our Favorites Free Sites for Brain Games Cognitive functioning includes reasoning, learning, thinking, problem solving, memory, decision making, and attention, which all major aspects of our everyday functioning! So when it’s impaired or influenced, whether that’s from lack of sleep, substance use, or even a brain injury like TBI or stroke, it can make elements of every day living difficult or challenging.  But all is not lost! Brain games, puzzles, and quizzes are great ways…

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    Meet Rachael: Licensed Social Worker & Yoga Instructor

    Rachael Hornbostel, LSW Rachael has her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver and her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Agnes Scott College. She is a licensed social worker in the state of Colorado and pulls from her extensive education and experience in mental health. Rachael has over 6 years of experience working closely with adolescents, adults, and older adults. Rachael found her passion for brain health while completing her master’s where…

  • News & Updates,  Stroke Resources

    What is Chair Yoga?

    Chair Yoga Chair yoga is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – the practice of yoga with a chair.  It is a gentle yoga practice that aims to improve strength, flexibility, and body awareness just like most other western yoga practices. Classes can also include breathing  techniques (pranayama) to help energize or calm the body and meditation to focus and settle the mind.  Similar to bolsters, bands, and blankets, a sturdy chair can act…

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    What is Yoga? A Brief History

    What is Yoga? History Yoga is one of India’s oldest psychospiritual traditions and can be traced back nearly 5,000 years through ancient texts and art. Commonly, yoga is translated to imply the union of body, mind, and spirit. The word “yoga” is derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means to ‘yoke‘ or ‘unite‘. Originally, yoga was used to describe the rigging or of one’s plow to horses or bullocks, often to plow fields or…

  • Poses & Techniques,  Stroke Resources

    5 Minute Body Scan Meditation

      5 Minute Body Scan Meditation Having a daily meditation practice can help stroke survivors and traumatic brain injuries with anxiety, depression, and managing stress. It’s also been correlated with altered grey matter in the brain!  Get your meditation practice started with our 5 Minute Body Scan Meditation.  This meditation is an excellent practice in being present with your body as it is in the current moment without judgement or criticism. It can be helpful…

  • Poses & Techniques,  Research Studies

    Yoga Found to Improve Sleep, Depression, and Quality of Life in Veterans with PTSD

        Approximately 6,000 Veterans per year are admitted to VA facilities with a stroke, and Veterans receive approximately 60,000 stroke related outpatient visits annually US Department of Veterans Affairs Yoga can Help Veterans with PTSD and Here’s How Yoga has been found to be a beneficial practice for individuals of all walks of life, whether they are living with a chronic illness, coping with trauma or high-levels or stress and responsibility, or just looking…

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    How to Keep a Gratitude Journal

      Gratitude Gratitude is something we often only think of and practice in the month of November at the prompting of Thanksgiving. It might be done as you reconnect with family and friends for the holidays, volunteer your time for those in need, or even sharing what you’re grateful around the dinner table. And the outcomes of practicing gratitude are great. They include: lower blood pressure a stronger immune system higher tolerance for pain more…

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    Poses & Techniques

    Belly Breathing: Reduce Anxiety and Stress with this Easy Breathing Technique

    “Shallow breathing often accompanies stress, anxiety, and other psychological difficulties. This is typically a result of sympathetic over-arousal, commonly referred to as the “fight or flight response.” With practice, diaphragmatic breathing lead to a reversal of fight or flight, to a quieting response modulated by the parasympathetic nervous system.” – Department of Veterans Affairs Diaphragmatic Breathing a.k.a Belly Breathing Breathing is probably something you haven’t thought much about. Why would you? It’s something that you’ve…

  • Poses & Techniques,  Research Studies

    Improve Cognitive Functioning Through Breathing Exercises

    “…slow breathing exercise is the most helpful breathing exercise for improving cognitive function in stroke patients.” Cognitive Function & Breath-work : Recent Study The CDC defines states that a stroke happens “when something blocks blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.” This results in damage to parts of the brain that then can impact cognitive and physical functioning.  Many survivors report a decrease in quality of…

  • Poses & Techniques,  Research Studies

    Reduce Stress & Strengthen Your Diaphragm through Box Breathing

    How To Box Breath: Sit in a comfortable seated position, hands resting in your lap. Inhale slowly while you count to 4 in your head. (Inhale…1…2…3…4) Hold at the top of the inhale for a 4 count. (Hold…1…2…3…4) Exhale slowly for a 4 count. (Exhale…1…2…3…4) Hold at the bottom of your exhale for a 4 count. (Hold…1…2…3…4) Repeat 5 to 10 times up to 2x’s a day! Reduce Stress & Strengthen Your Diaphragm with Breathing…