What is it about?

Recently, the literature has witnessed a surging interest regarding the use of mind-body approaches with people who have aphasia. In this paper, key stakeholders, including survivors, co-survivors, and a clinician share their personal narratives regarding their yoga journey, to help identify how yoga helped them with their stroke recovery. Ultimately, we hope this paper helps clinicians understand how yoga might benefit their patients.

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Why is it important?

This is important because traditional aphasia assessments that speech-language pathologists use, do not capture the improvements stakeholders pinpoint as crucial to the essence of yoga-based interventions.


As a yoga teacher and an active yoga practitioner, this work is close to my heart. I hope that this helps those of you looking for an alternative to traditional therapies find something new in this paper and that the voices of the stakeholders speak loudly. Working with Chase, Deanna, Stephanie, Terri, Greg, & Vicki has changed my perspective and the lens through which I view the research process and I will be forever grateful for all they have taught me.

Aimee Dietz
Georgia State University

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This page is a summary of: Finding “Zen” in Aphasia: The Benefits of Yoga as Described by Key Stakeholders, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, January 2022, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2021_ajslp-20-00330.
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