Understanding the potential for yoga and tai chi interventions to moderate risk factors for stroke-a scoping review

Tharshanah Thayabaranathan, Maarten A. Immink, Philip Stevens, Susan Hillier, Amanda G. Thrift, Amy Brodtmann, Leeanne Carey, Monique F. Kilkenny, Dominique A. Cadilhac

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Following an initial stroke, approximately two in five people will experience another stroke within 10 years. Recurrent strokes are often more severe and fatal. Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) that use movement to focus attention, such as yoga and tai chi, may offer a lifestyle strategy in addition to standard rehabilitation options, for moderating risk factors for stroke. We conducted a scoping review to explore the potential for yoga or tai chi to moderate modifiable risk factors for stroke. 26 papers between 1985 and 2017 were identified using online and gray literature databases. Overall, yoga or tai chi may reduce hypertension (up to 16/9 mmHg), and to a lesser extent some lipid and blood sugar levels. Study designs were heterogeneous. Further research on mediating pathways of MBIs, such as yoga or tai chi, on modifiable risk factors for stroke is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-252
Number of pages14
JournalFuture Neurology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018


  • lifestyle
  • mindfulness
  • review
  • risk factors
  • stroke
  • tai chi
  • yoga

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