YOGA FOR PEOPLE WITH EXTRA NEEDS

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I studied at the Yoga for Health Foundation Residential Centre;  a centre of excellence where people with chronic illnesses, including Parkinson’s, arthritis, breathing difficulties, multiple sclerosis, are able to practice Yoga.

I wrote “An Ethnographic Analysis of the Perceived Role of Yoga in the Lives of People with Chronic Illnesses” as a result of my research at this centre. During this time I gained a phenomenal understanding of the capacity of Yoga and how the discipline can be of benefit to people with immensely varying capabilities.

During this time I gained a phenomenal understanding of the capacity of Yoga and how the discipline can be of benefit to people with immensely varying capabilities.

Since then I have worked at various companies, organisations and charities with people with disabilities (both learning and physical) and people with long-term medical conditions.

This includes working at BUPA Nursing Homes in Kensington and Highgate, London, The Falls Prevention Society, Newham Primary Care Trust (NHS), Tower Project (working with young people and adults with disabilities London Borough of Tower Hamlets) and MIND.

More locally, I have been working with people with Cerebral Palsy at SCOPE in Barry.

Yoga for People with Extra Needs also has huge benefits to offer those with Alzheimer’s.  Yoga offers a sense of structure to a mind that is unstructured and unsure.  As Yoga is in the present tense, those with Alzheimer’s do not struggle with the turbulence that the day can bring.

“I can’t describe how lovely the feeling is after Yoga.  There is nothing else like it.  I feel unblocked and calmed.  Blissful.”  (Mary – Age 95)