Adapted Yoga for Disability
Often Yoga is portrayed as a person in a pretzel position while looking serene. But yoga is so much more than just physical postures. Yoga means “union” or to “join” an ancient system of self-awareness that seeks to unite the mind & body. In yoga, the breath is used to connect the physical movement into the next, corresponding to the rhythmic pattern of inhalation & exhalation. This awareness of the breath introduces a meditative perspective to daily living, creating a sense of mindfulness, using the breath as an anchor to stay in the present moment.
Adapted Yoga adjusts the physical yoga postures to the needs of the individual participant.
In adaptive yoga, the postures or asanas are presented to match the ability of the participant. One doesn't have to possess a pre-conceived level of fitness in terms of flexibility or physical ability in order to practice adaptive yoga & props such as chairs, blocks, straps are used to help open the body. All that is required, is the ability to be present in the moment, aware of the body, it’s sensations, aware of the flow of breath. Even when physical limitations restrict movement, visualizing the movement & directing energy to each area of the body can release tightness & tension, allowing deep relaxation. Proven health benefits include, reduced stress, lowering heart rate, regulation of blood pressure, improved digestion, better sleep & sense of wellbeing.
Eileen trained teaching Yoga to Adults with Special Needs & adapts yoga to a diverse population ranging from Quadriplegic, Paraplegic, Juvenile Parkinson's, non specific brain injury, blind & dementia. Accessing each person proprioception, sense of self, it is an all-encompassing practice that brings the benefits of yoga to all, no matter what physical limitations, showing that yoga is for everybody.