Module 8: BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? Yoga for EVERYbody
- Inclusivity & Accessibility
- Yoga for EVERYbody
- Yoga for Special Needs
- Using Props
- Creating Safe Spaces
Yoga is for EVERYbody. As parents and/or professionals, we have an obligation to strive for universal design. We know that communal spaces, whether in an organization, a school, or a home, benefit most when there is diversity, inclusion, and a sense of shared belonging. What we’ve learned from the individuals and families we’ve served over the years is that in one way, shape, or form, we all have needs and we all have abilities.
This session is all about creating a yoga and mindfulness practice that is accessible to all populations, no matter what the physical abilities. We will learn modifications and variations of common asanas (poses) through use of props, walls, chairs, or a bed. We will review common medical conditions and the benefits and concerns of integrating a yoga practice. We will discuss the impact of aging on the body generally, more specifically focusing on childhood development and fostering an awareness of different conditions that have precautions and contraindications for yoga poses and/or pranayama. We will discover the powers of our own body’s ability to heal ourselves-to strengthen, and to reduce stress and tension, and we’ll discuss the many therapeutic benefits of this practice for improving overall health and well-being. We will empower and offer resources to participants on how to offer a safe, therapeutic practice of yoga that builds an integrative community of individuals of all levels, abilities, and backgrounds.
Key session activities will consist of lecture and discussion, partner and group work with a presentation on modifications of asana and pranayama, and engagement with community partners.