Stroke is a common manifestation of cardiovascular disease that may be influenced by factors similar to those that cause heart disease. Stroke is caused as a result of a lack of oxygen supply to the brain, often the result of obstructed blood flow. A recent study of elderly stroke patients determined that pre-existing cardiac failure adversely influences stroke mortality independent of other epidemiological and neurological variables that affect stroke mortality. Cardiovascular disease is a broad term for many complex processes which result in heart disease, heart failure and stroke.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, heart disease and stroke were the first (709,894 deaths) and third (166,028 deaths) leading causes of death, respectively, in the United States during 2000.
AYC's founder Dr. Yogananth Andiappan says many research studies have shown results that starting yoga even long after a stroke can improve the balance and mobility of stroke survivors. Practicing simple therapeutic yoga poses and gentle joint movements, breathing techniques and meditation techniques can boost their confidence and reduced their fear of falling.
Stroke patients may experience lost of agility or balance, with increased risk of fall.
About the Program: led by professional volunteer yoga instructors, participants will practice yoga stretch & breathing techniques on chair, to improve balance and mobility (or agility) over a course of practice, to help boost confidence in rehabilitation.
The workshop will be taught mostly in English, but will also be translated into Cantonese by teaching assistants.
主講導師: Andiappan Yoga Community, Hong Kong 之資深義務瑜珈導師團隊
Teachers: experienced volunteer yoga therapy teachers from Andiappan Yoga Community, HK
Date: 30/10/2019 – 18/12 (Wednesdays, 8 classes)
Venue: Patient Resource Centre, QEH
活動對象: 輕度至中度中風並正於伊院神經內/外科覆診之病友, 需使用助行工具或部份肢體活動受 影響之人士亦可參加!(*同行之照顧者可先報後備)
Target Group: QE neurology or neurosurgery patients, who experienced mild or medium stroke attacks; or stroke patients with walking aids or partial limb weakness or impairments are also welcomed. (Caregiver can sign up on wait-list)
*註2: 活動暫時不接受正接受癌症治療或活動日期前六個月內曾接受手術之病友參加, 如參加者對 個人身體狀況是否合適參與本活動有任何疑問, 請向醫護人員查詢。
Note 1: priority to patients who have never participated in any yoga courses held by the Patient Resource Centre
Note 2: this workshop is NOT suitable for patients under current chemotherapy; or had surgery within 6 months of the start date of this workshop. If you have doubt on whether your physical condition is suitable for this program, please consult your medical professionals.
Teachers can teach in English/or Cantonese. For English Speaking teaching Volunteers we have Cantonese speaking assisting teachers to interpret the class. This can be arranged once the teaching volunteers are added to the WhatsApp group.
Who can teach in this project:
Andiappan Yoga Community Volunteer Teachers those who have completed Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with International Yoga Academy, Hong Kong can apply for this project. Share the gift of yoga and help us in fulfilling AYC’s mission. Your enthusiasm and help are greatly appreciated.
Before you apply to teach in this project, Please make sure you are available on Wednesday's 2.30 - 3.30 pm and you should be able to commit a minimum of 3 classes continuously.
If you are a registered AYC volunteer you are eligible to assist/ teach in this program, please follow these steps:
- Log-in to the AYC website (yogacommunity.org)
- Under “My Profile”, click “Ongoing Projects”
- Find (Yoga Therapy for Stroke Patients at QEH), and select “I would like to apply”
- Please wait for the admin to add you to the WhatsApp group before you start assisting / teaching.
Notes: This class open to registered patients only and people those who would like to attend the class can approach the admin office of Queen Elizabeth Hospital to attend this yoga session.