YogaTuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 6:47 pm
Yoga for People with visual impairment.
Yoga is a great way to calm your mind, stretch your muscles and make you stronger. Even better, it’s accessible to people with disabilities. The “asanas,” or poses that make up a yoga practice help with balance and strength while helping you find a calming emotional space that helps with the day-to-day challenges of life. An accessible class in Clevedon that offers yoga to people with sight impairment has proven a great success.
Jo, who attends the class said: “I started attending Suzi’s class in September and went along, initially, doubting that any exercise class could work for someone with my limited vision. That is, without a lot of fuss and changes which would single me out and make me feel uncomfortable.
What I have found, to my delight, is that this style of yoga is adapted to every person’s individual needs. It is also done at your own pace, so there is no pressure to keep up. The exercises and done slowly and described by Suzi before you begin. This has meant that far from struggling to see what I should be doing, I can keep my eyes shut for the entire class and often do so as it helps me to concentrate more.
I feel relaxed and more together after a class and feel that my balance is improving with time. I really look forward to Fridays now and feel this class has really helped me feel more positive about life.
A small group of us, with severe sight impairment, attend the Friday class, which is open to anyone. While this helped initially, I now feel so confident that I can cope with this style of exercise that I attended a weekend yoga workshop without any assistance and felt as able to join in as everyone else. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Other disabled people, including wheelchair users, are very welcome to attend the class. All the yoga postures can be adapted and modified to suit the needs and abilities of the students. Please contact CNHC certified yoga teacher and therapist; Suzi Griffin on 07776321989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place or to find out more.