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    The Benefits of Cat Cow Pose & How to Practice It

      What is Cat/Cow? Yoga is an ancient practice that not only promotes physical strength and flexibility but also fosters mental well-being. Among the various poses and postures in yoga, Cat and Cow poses are two fundamental asanas that are commonly practiced for their remarkable benefits. These poses are not only accessible to beginners but also provide numerous advantages for individuals of all fitness levels. In this article, we will delve into the benefits of…

  • Poses & Techniques,  Stroke Resources

    Use Alternate Nostril Breathing to Calm the Mind and Improve Overall Health in Older Adults

        Alternate Nostril Breathing (ANB) is a simple yet powerful breathing technique that has been used for thousands of years in traditional yoga practices. Also known as Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, ANB involves alternating the inhalation and exhalation between the left and right nostrils. This technique is believed to balance the flow of energy through the body, calm the mind, and improve overall health and well-being. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of ANB…

  • Poses & Techniques,  Research Studies,  Stroke Resources

    Mantras Reduce Stress and Anxiety and Improve Quality of Life

    What are Mantras & Why You Should Use One Mantras are sacred sounds, words, or phrases that are repeated either silently or aloud for the purpose of focusing the mind and achieving a desired state of consciousness. They have been used for thousands of years in various spiritual and religious traditions around the world, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and others. The word “mantra” comes from the Sanskrit language and is derived from two words:…

  • News & Updates,  Stroke Resources

    What is Spasticity after Stroke and How Can I Treat It?

    Spasticity Defined Spasticity is a common side effect after stroke or traumatic brain injury and is defined as a condition where muscle tone is increased, leading to stiff, rigid and sometimes painful movements. It occurs when a muscle involuntarily contracts when an individual moves, inhibiting the full range of motion in that limb or body part. While spasticity can affect any part of the body, the most commonly ares are the elbow, wrist and ankle,…

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    Breathing Focus Meditation for Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Limited Mobility

    Benefits of Meditation for Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury Meditation can provide wonderful benefits for stroke survivors and traumatic brain injuries – and anyone really! They’re great for reducing anxiety and stress as they turn one’s attention inward and away from negative emotions or thoughts. They can also help relax the body and shift our bodies from the sympathetic nervous system, commonly referred to the ‘flight or fight’ response to the parasympathetic nervous system, or…

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    Unwind and Relax with this 10 Minute Guided Meditation: Resources for Stroke & TBI

    Did you know that having a consistent meditation practice can change the makeup of your brain? Specifically with the grey matter, neuron dense areas within the brain. Studies have shown that  meditation can increase the grey matter in the hippocampus which is associated with concentration and decrease the grey matter in the amygdala, which is associated with the stress response.  So it’s not a surprise to know that meditation can help reduce anxiety and stress,…

  • News & Updates,  Stroke Resources

    How Chair Yoga can Help with Fatigue and Stress Management

    Stress and Fatigue After Stroke  Stroke survivors often face a range of physical and emotional challenges as they navigate their recovery journey. A common issue that many stroke survivors face is fatigue, which can be caused by a variety of factors such as difficulty sleeping, medication side effects, and the physical and mental demands of rehabilitation. Mental fatigue is still common even several years after a stroke or TBI as the brain continues to rewire…

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    How to do Ujjayi Breath for Stroke & Traumatic Brain Injuries

    Ujjayi breathing is a type of pranayama (yogic breathing technique) that involves partially constricting the throat to control the flow of air as you breathe. It’s also commonly known as “victorious breath” or “ocean breath”.  This breathing technique can help calm the mind, improve focus, and promote relaxation in the body and mind. It can also create heat in the body which is helpful to promote blood flow during physical activities.  Ujjayi breath is often…

  • 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…