My experience subbing Anne's regular Autism Family Support class.
I was admittedly quite nervous, as I don't know much about autism and haven't met many people on the autism spectrum. I didn't really know what to expect or what kind of pace the class should be taught at - but I went with the flow and it ended up being a wonderful time!
We practiced a gentle vinyasa flow together with lots of smiles and laughter in the Yoga Quota studio. After savasana I was so pleased and relieved to hear that everyone enjoyed it.
They say that real growth happens outside of your comfort zone. I think the nervousness I felt before teaching is demonstrative of the fear and stigma that subconsciously arises when illness or different ability arises. The best way to overcome that is to learn - by researching, speaking to, and getting to know people different from oneself. I'm so pleased I was given the opportunity to start unlearning some of the social biases I've absorbed over the course of my life.
Many of these charity classes, I think, are powerful and life-changing for those who teach them as well. Yoga Quota has given me an avenue to start being the change I want to see in the world.