Yoga For Epilepsy
Often, people with epilepsy are at a loss for how to handle stress. Our neurologists repeatedly say that we need to reduce stress in our lives. In this day and age, how can we successfully do that? There are many times in our lives where we have a lot on our plate and then, all of a sudden, a seizure happens. This only adds more stress, and we feel even worse.
One simple way to help people with epilepsy lessen seizures is to practice therapeutic restorative yoga. Yoga helps us reduce stress, which we all know is a major cause for seizures, and restore balance to our body and metabolic system.
A breathing technique called Pranayama is a successful yoga strategy for people with epilepsy. This is something people with epilepsy can do nightly that we believe will help reduce your seizures. Best of all, it only takes a few minutes and can be easily learned.
At almost every Empowering Epilepsy Support Group, we offer Empowering Epilepsy Restorative Yoga. Our goal is to teach you strategies to help lessen your seizures and empower your life. Empowering Epilepsy invites you to join our monthly support groups in both Cleveland and Akron to learn successful strategies that you can easily do on your own to lessen seizures and take charge of your life. Check out the support group dates below to learn more and please join us.
Exercise and Epilepsy
Exercise is a great way to stay healthy and physically fit. For people with epilepsy, exercise can improve your mood, decrease anxiety, and most importantly, reduce the number of seizures you have. For some people, it can even help to prevent seizures.
Many people with epilepsy do not exercise as they should. Lack of exercise can be the cause of other diseases such as Type 2Ddiabetes, Osteoporosis (which is extremely common among epilepsy patients who take AED’s), High Blood Pressure and certain cancers. Staying active is especially important for people with epilepsy.
Empowering epilepsy wants to help you become proactive with your physical health. Attached is a walking exercise log. To take advantage of it, do the following:
1. Download and print the Walking/Exercise Log.
2. Look at your schedule and find time at least 3 days a week to walk for 30 minutes. If you keep a calendar for work or school, add the walking time to your calendar so you convince yourself to do it.
3. Before you begin walking, look at the log and write in your goals for each day of the week. We do realize that some days may be too busy for you to exercise. Make the time up on other days.
4. Record your physical activity daily. If you do another type of exercise besides walking, you can include that too. For example, under Minutes walked, you can write in 30 – aerobics if you took an aerobics class or followed an aerobics video at home.
5. If doing these activities alone is difficult for you and you need some encouragement, recruit a friend or relative to walk with you.If you don’t know anyone who will walk with you, come to our support group meetings and meet others in your area.