Yoga for Chronic Brain Injury

Published: 7 October 2019| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/z7sxkxg2ch.1
Jaclyn Stephens


This was a pilot non-randomized crossover trial designed to evaluate the benefits of a yoga intervention in a pilot sample of adults with chronic brain injury. Participants served as their own controls and data were collected 3 times: 1) Baseline, 2) Pre-Yoga (after an 8-week no-contact period, and 3) Post-Yoga (after the 8-week yoga intervention). The yoga intervention was 8-weeks of group yoga. Yoga sessions lasted 1 hour and occurred twice a week; sessions were led by a yoga instructor who is also an occupational therapist. There were no significant differences in any outcome measure between Baseline and Pre-Yoga, all p values >. 05. Significant differences were observed Post-Yoga in balance, p = .05, mobility, p = .03, and self-reported occupational performance, p = .04. No significant differences were observed Post-Yoga in self-reported balance confidence, self-reported pain, or self-reported occupational satisfaction, all p values > .05. These findings suggest that yoga may be a beneficial intervention for adults with chronic brain injury. Replication studies with larger sample sizes should continue to examine the benefit of yoga in chronic neurological conditions, including brain injury.



Complementary Therapy, Yoga, Acquired Brain Injury