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ACRM Complementary Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine Networking Group

Merging Yoga and Rehabilitation Therapy for Best Results



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Arlene A. Schmid, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Colorado State University



The Complementary Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine Networking Group (CIRMNG) is pleased to announce that Arlene A. Schmid, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, will kick-off the new Hot Topics in CIRM Webinar Series in May. She will present on the evidence-base for yoga therapeutics in stroke rehabilitation, as well as a short overview of the general movement for yoga integration into rehabilitation. Yoga is an ancient wisdom tradition that presents a whole-person view for the cultivation of well-being. Yoga is growing in both public popularity and in the academic/research arena. Further, Yoga Therapy is an emerging profession. Dr. Schmid’s research has focused on yoga’s therapeutic effects, with an emphasis on stroke rehabilitation. Join us for this Hot Topic in Complementary and Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine webinar to hear more!


Upon completion of the webinar, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand differences between yoga, yoga therapy, and the use of yoga in rehabilitation
  2. Appraise yoga as an established wisdom-tradition model of health and well-being and a precursor to modern constructs of “integrative” or “holistic” care in rehabilitation
  3. Review research into yoga practices including in relation to stroke rehabilitation


Dr. Arlene Schmid has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years. Her use of yoga in her clinical practice drove her to complete a PhD in rehabilitation sciences in order to develop and test yoga-based interventions for people with disabilities. Arlene is an associate professor at Colorado State University in the Department of Occupational Therapy where she has completed many funded studies to explore the use of yoga with multiple diagnostic populations. She is currently funded by the NIH to merge yoga with education for people with chronic pain and by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation to merge yoga and occupational therapy for people with diabetes. She has mentored many thesis and doctoral students in yoga related research and has nearly 100 publications, most of which disseminate yoga research.

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