Unlocking Emotions In Stroke Survivors Through Yoga

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Namaskar (prayer pose) affected left hand

After people have strokes they feel many things. So many mixed emotions. Pain, confusion, grief, anger and sadness. But one that stuck out the most to me was this feeling of heaviness. Everything feeling really, really heavy. It was a hard one to explain to family and friends.

Ever been in labor before, had an epidural? Logically, you know your legs are still there but you cannot feel them. You feel disconnected from your body in a way you could never imagine.

Carried a sandbag? That’s what your limbs feel like.


What we don’t always remember to take stock of is the similarly heavy emotional toll and baggage you carry after a stroke.

It’s just as heavy. It feels so strong. It’s hard to shake.

You HAVE to CREATE SPACE inside yourself to let go of the heaviness and let in the light.

Reconnect with your true self, your higher self. A better version of yourself.

And that’s what yoga does. It allows you to make space.

Not to carry more, but rather, to let things go and bring in the light. The love. The grace for yourself to reconnect.


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Group in Virabhadrasana (Warrior II)

Yoga WILL help me connect with my body.

Yoga WILL guide the journey within.

Yoga WILL show me my own strength.

Yoga WILL help me know myself.