Last week, I had the privilege to teach a yoga class for Keen, a registered charity that provides social and recreational activities for people with special needs in Oxfordshire.
The session was given during their weekly social club, which that week had ‘’healthy living’’ as a theme. The class was designed for a group of adults living with learning and/or physical disabilities. As a said in a previous blog entry, as a social worker and yoga teacher, it was very fulfilling to be able to bring together two of my passions: yoga and connecting with people in need.
The session was taught to about 17 members and 8 volunteers. We began the practice seated with gentle arm circles, twists and forward folds. We then moved towards more energizing standing poses such as side bends and temple/goddess pose. Most of the asanas practiced during the class we’re dynamic, which means coming in and out of the pose a few times following the breath. We also had a blast walking around the room in a big circle, integrating different movements with the legs and the arms: high knees, heels to glutes and arm circles. We finished our practice on our backs with a few reclined twists.
Since I started practicing yoga, I’ve heard so many teachers and students saying that ‘’there is a yoga out there for everyone’’, no matter your age, gender, size or beliefs, etc. Although I always believed that this was true, teaching experiences like the one I had at Keen, make me understand even more the depth of that saying. It brings me back to the fundamental aspect of yoga, which is to connect breath and movement, and to do that, we don’t need to be a certain size, gender, age, etc. You just need to be in the here and the now, which was what the Keen members we’re doing wonderfully. This session was a lot of fun for me and I hope I get to share yoga with wonderful people again soon!