Yoga for Acquired Brain Injury

In this eight-week feasibility study, 31 adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) were allocated to yoga (16) or control (15) groups.

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So...we arrive at the middle of the week. And find a new study on the feasibility and impact of a yoga pilot programme on the quality of life of adults with acquired brain injury :)

An acquired brain injury is defined as: damage to the brain, which occurs after birth and is not related to a congenital or a degenerative disease. These impairments may be temporary or permanent and cause partial or functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment (World Health Organisation, Geneva 1996). Acquired brain injuries are often caused by: Specifically, acquired brain injuries are most typically caused by: traumatic forces to the head which cause damage to the brain (such as a car crash), bleeding in the brain, intracranial surgery, infections in the brain, toxic exposure, fluid build-up in the brain and brain tumours.

In this eight-week feasibility study, 31 adults with acquired brain injury (ABI) were allocated to yoga (16) or control (15) groups. Participants completed the Quality of Life After Brain Injury (QOLIBRI) measure pre- and post-intervention; individuals in the yoga group also rated programme satisfaction. Results indicated significant improvements on overall quality-of-life and on Emotions and Feeling sub-scales for the yoga group only. Researchers concluded that adults with ABI experienced improvements in overall quality-of-life following an 8-week yoga programme. Specific improvements in self-perception and negative emotions also emerged. High attendance and satisfaction ratings support the feasibility of this type of intervention for people with brain injury.

Have a very wonderful Wednesday!

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS