Adaptive Yoga - Why Adaptive Yoga is so important?

Updated: Apr 29, 2020

As a Physiotherapist, I cannot emphasise the importance of movement for our bodies. After any neurological impairment, we are often confronted with limitations of movement on the body. This, and any sensory issues we may have can often make us feel disconnected with our bodies.

Having practise yoga for many years, I have found it helpful to improve my core strength and flexibility. I have also found the breath-work and meditation element helpful to calm my mind and reduce any stress or anxiety I might be having.

I am a firm believer of yoga for all abilities regardless of their limitations. I enjoy working with my students to explore the possibilities of movement within their own bodies. Yoga is about more than just the physical movement element, it also teaches us to be more aware of our bodies finding that mind and body connection.

In this current and unsettling time, I feel that yoga is more important than ever to help us be present with our bodies and appreciate the movement we have. Also through the breath and meditation practises to help us stay grounded and calm.

My class is an adaptive class and suitable for people to practise in a chair. We work slowly through poses and I offer modifications for all levels of ability. If needed, we will use external props to help support us in poses.

For the next 1-2 weeks, I will be posting a simple yoga pose every day for you to practise building up to a short sequence at the end that you will be able to do at home.

Written by Amy Dennis-Jones (Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist and qualified Yoga teacher)

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