Not everyone can get up and down off the floor, making standard yoga classes difficult for them at times. With the help of a chair to provide additional support and stability, participants are able to enjoy the potential benefits of yoga practice including improved range of motion and flexibility, increased mobility and circulation, strengthened muscles and joints, better breathing habits and sleep, greater balance, as well as reduced stress regardless of potential movement limitations.
This style of yoga is recommended for those with hypertension, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, vertigo, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, osteopenia, chronic pain, injury recovery, fibromyalgia, cancer, amputation, spinal cord injury, head injury, etc. and open to those that use walkers, canes, and wheelchairs, as well as those independently ambulatory that aren’t sure they are flexible enough for other yoga classes.
Most postures will be done from a seated position, though some standing and prone positions may be included as participants are able. During each session, chairs and props will be used to keep everyone safe, in consideration of whatever movement is appropriate for their individual body. The focus will be on inner awareness of breath, sensations in the body, and mindful movement.
Wear comfortable clothing. Most people wear shorts or leggings and a t-shirt. You will be asked to remove your shoes. Yoga studio is wheelchair accessible, with accessible bathroom.
Advanced registration is suggested to ensure that there is a spot for you. Class numbers are small, so there is limited capacity.
Yoga is beneficial for Every Body. This Gentle Hatha Yoga Class with adaptations of yoga postures modified to accommodate individual differences helps make the tools of yoga more accessible. Small class size allows for more individualized attention. Class is taught in a workshop like style.
I frequently offer workshops at Heeling Sole Barefoot Massage on Stability and Mobility – a therapeutic approach to specific areas of the body – with educational elements as well as practices for students to take home to work on common chronic structural pain issues. Check the Community Classes tab on Heeling Sole’s schedule.
Beginning January 2019, I am offering 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training as an affiliate of Integrative Yoga Therapy. This program is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance and provides graduates the opportunity to register as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) upon completion. I am authorized by IYT to run this program in San Antonio/Austin, TX and St. Louis, MO. The classes are intentionally small – no more than 6 in San Antonio and no more than 12 in Austin and St. Louis – this allows us to dive deeper into how to be a mindful Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga. It also gives participants the opportunity to consider the path of Yoga Therapy as a possible career while providing information about a variety of IAYT accredited programs and empowering individuals to find their own path and practice.
2019 – January – San Antonio – SOLD OUT
2020 – Summer – St. Louis – TBA
2020 – Winter – Austin – TBA
I currently offer two weekly public classes – all my remaining schedule blocks are contract therapeutic classes for organizations/institutions or private yoga therapy work one-on-one with clients.