Workshops in Adaptive Yoga
Adapting yoga is more than an exploration of learning to modify ...
It is a journey in self-discovery, subtlety, practicality, and the underlying nature of ability and disability.
– Adaptive yoga pioneer Matthew Sanford
Adaptive Yoga I: Introduction to Adaptive Yoga
In just a day’s time, Introduction to Adaptive Yoga builds the capacity of adaptive PE teachers, special education teachers, social workers, and occupational therapists—with or without prior yoga experience—to bring the benefits of yoga to students of differing physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral abilities.
In this active, highly experiential six-hour workshop, participants:
1. Engage in a gentle yoga practice designed to introduce them experientially to some of the key concepts of the day.
2. Learn to translate their yoga experience, both physically and in their languaging, to offer their students a similar experience, whatever their abilities.
3. Become conversant with some of the most portable and accessible tools of yoga – the breath, the gaze, and the positions of the hands (mudras).
4. Practice identifying the spinal and energetic essence of poses, so that they can bring virtually any pose to any body.
5. Loosen their ideas that yoga is only for certain kinds of bodies or people but is truly for every body.
Participants demonstrate adaptive yoga teaching for the rest of the group and receive coaching from Sara. They build not only skills but confidence in adapting yoga for their students’ needs.
1. Refine the selection process as you match specific yogic techniques with particular student needs.
2. Deepen skills in defining Pose Essences so as to bring the benefits of yoga to every body.
3. Employ the real tools yoga offers for helping students cultivate greater spatial and social sensitivities.
4. Practice offering poses and physical adjustments appropriate for students with limited mobility and/or muscle strength.
5. Share what you’ve learned by putting into practice some of the strategies from Introduction to Adaptive Yoga I and find out what creative adaptations peers have found.
6. Problem-solve in small peer support groups around specific student needs and set group and individual goals for your work with specific populations.
7. Create an accountability plan for follow-up in the use of yoga in your classroom and for peer networking around the use of yoga (if desired).
I was able to utilize the tools learned yesterday with my students today. What a difference the breathing, gaze, and postures made! Many teachers have asked me to teach them some of the techniques for energizing focusing, and calming positions. Wonderful presenter!
Brilliant! She offered something for teachers and every student.
I came with preconceived ideas of what I was going to learn and learned more.
The best features of this activity were the scenarios of using yoga for our kids, handouts with visuals as a references, and time to problem-solve and find modifications for poses.
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