Epilepsy & Yoga — for Health & Wellness Coaches, Yoga Therapists, Yoga Teachers, Holistic Healthcare Providers

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we introduce epilepsy and explore considerations for supporting students who have experienced epileptic seizures.


Become familiar with epilepsy and teaching considerations for supporting students who have experienced epileptic seizures.


Define epilepsy and explain what is happening in the brain. Describe potential causes of epilepsy and associated issues. Some epileptic patients have a Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) implanted under their skin. Explain what this does and its effect on people’s experience of seizures. Cite research that demonstrates yoga’s impact on people who are experiencing epilepsy. Note the type of yoga that is contraindicated for epilepsy and areas to take care with (such as avoiding overexertion). Discuss what we might presume are the reasons that yoga helps reduce epilepsy symptoms. Note some commonly recommended yoga practices for students experiencing epilepsy.

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