Yoga For Gait
Across the Lifespan

Trish West-Low

Trish West-Low

This course will introduce participants to the benefits of using therapeutic yoga postures and breathing practices to lengthen and strengthen muscle and connective tissue, and improve the coordination of respiration and postural control for improved gait quality and efficiency. The current published research regarding yoga as a therapeutic modality will be reviewed, the physiological effects of yoga on each of the body systems relevant to gait will be presented, and directions for future research will be discussed. Finally, speaker will present a videotaped case example of a specific type of yoga used to improve gait in a child with Spastic Diplegia.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Examine the evidence surrounding yoga as a therapeutic modality
  2. Describe the strengths and limitations of research regarding the use of yoga for varied health conditions
  3. Explain the probable effect of yoga practices on the musculoskeletal systems
  4. Explain the known effects of yoga practices on the cardiopulmonary system
  5. Determine the potential benefits of yoga as preparation for or an adjunct to gait training
  6. Safely integrate at least two different yoga practices into a gait preparatory activity
  7. Demonstrate the ability to choose yoga postures based on the muscle strength versus tissue length needs of the patient
  8. Demonstrate the ability to use specific yoga breathing practices to improve movement capacity for gait
  9. Identify precautions and contraindications for the use of specific yoga postures and breathing practices
  10. Design a treatment session incorporating yoga, using the principle of training specificity
  11. Identify directions for research

$25.00 w/coupon code

This educational offering qualifies for 1.5 continuing education hours


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