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Neuromuscular impairments such as Parkinson's disease (PD) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affect an individual's balance, mood, and ability to engage in daily occupations, ultimately impacting their quality of life. Yoga is a practice that is adaptable to any level of function and is holistic in its goal of mind-body unity. However, there has been minimal research regarding yoga's efficacy as a modality for populations with neuromuscular impairments. This study aimed to improve these factors as well as proprioception and interoceptive awareness through the delivery of a 6-week community-based yoga program. The program involved 5 participants, 4 with PD and 1 with MS participating in 6 in-person group yoga sessions. In addition to these sessions, 7 individual telehealth sessions were delivered to reinforce the use of yoga in their everyday environment and to implement an individualized plan. Adaptations allowing for greater accessibility and engagement were utilized. Qualities and aspects of the study with greater impact as reported by the participants were themed and associated with different aspects of the Person-Environment-Occupation-Performance (PEOP) model with quotes from the participants. Themes highlighted the participants’ value of the use of hands-on assistance ensuring proper alignment and positioning during poses; the comradery that was fostered through which participants shared effective strategies to mitigate various barriers; and the appreciation for the atmosphere’s calming effect.

Publication Date

Spring 4-19-2024


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Yoga, Parkinson's disease, Multiple sclerosis, Neuromuscular conditions, Balance, Interoception, Mood, Quality of life

Medical Subject Headings

Occupational therapy, Neuromuscular conditions, Parkinson's disease, Multiple sclerosis


Occupational Therapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Sports Sciences


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on April 10-17, 2024.

An Adapted Yoga Program for Adults with Neuromuscular Impairments Designed to Improve Balance, Mood, Quality of Life, and Engagement in Daily Occupations