Having used yoga as a part of my post stroke rehabilitation, then having become a certified yoga teacher, I learned to adapt yoga poses to my ability. After formal yoga training, I sought a way to help others with what I had learned about recovery. I fell into the the fastest fitness trend. Stretching; both dynamic and static, meditation and mindfulness practice work together to increase range of motion and flexibility, increasing a person's activities of everyday living and overall quality of life.
SELF has a article on the very topic of the mind muscle connection . In the classes I lead, we start with meditation and relaxation during that time, I guide the senior participants to set their intent for the class and to ask their body to work properly to carry out those plans. We know that what we think and the words heard during recovery enhance the process.
SELF also has a article on the explosions of stretch studios. This new trend is like a yoga studio used for the purpose of stretching instruction or physical assistance. When I found out this trend was so big, I was already doing this instruction with my senior clients. We have seen vast improvement in as little as two months.
I remind my senior clients that to gain a greater level of fitness doesn't require a large gym, heavy or expensive equipment. Isometric , static movements produce wonderful results.
Having the stresses of caring for a child with health concerns and going through the termination of a failed marriage, I developed my own chronic health issues. and survived a stroke. My personal experience and research of stroke and autoimmune diseases, lead me to help myself and others.