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Yoga for Amputees and the Disabled

Everyone knows that breathing and balance are important aspects of fitness. But here’s a new idea for you to think about. Breathing and balance are MORE important for amputees. It does not matter whether someone has lost one or more limbs – balance takes a while to regain. Amputee fitness as a goal is very important during rehabilitation.

After the initial phase of regaining his or her health, there is the rest of the amputee’s life that is valuable to amputee fitness. Some rehab programs just focus on being able to use a replacement limb. But even under these conditions the body is a “system.” The goal of fitness for any person is to regain and maintain whole-life fitness. Amputee fitness is a life-long goal, not just a rehabilitation goal.

So, back to the title of this piece: the importance of yoga. The express purpose of yoga is to develop control over the breath and use that while developing balance. Since amputee fitness and health also depend on control of the body and balance in movement in every way, our premise that yoga is vital for amputees whose goal is fitness and health is a given.

 


5 Responses to “Yoga for Amputees and the Disabled”

  1. Salle Hayden says:

    I just tweeted this to my few followers, many of whom are alternative care providers. Great that you asked for this “new” idea about one of the world’s oldest practices. Is this a snowball?

  2. Hi great site you got going. I attend a Bootcamp in Sydney and I am always looking for nutritional information etc to pass on to my fitness coach. He has a bootcamp sydney site which you can browse and catch some of the things we do and things to see down under :) If your ever in Sydney Australia, our main camp is in Pyrmont, which is close to the CBD. Cheers mate!

  3. kim says:

    I am a recent bka left leg amputee who has started a class at the Ymca locally called “chair yoga” which involves both stand up and sit down routines involving balance and flexibility. It has greatly helped me gain more balance as I learn to walk with a prosthetic leg. I enjoy it and yes, I sweat! I recently obtained a new rubber sleeve that goes over my prosthetic leg, pump all the air out and then I can go in the pool; will be trying it soon. :)

  4. sandbeez says:

    Thank you for your comment. Your input is very valuable.

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