Yoga for People with Learning Disabilities
People who have limited opportunity for physical exercise can benefit greatly from low-impact yoga postures. They help to loosen stiff joints, stretch and strengthen muscles and wake up sluggish blood circulation. Depending on the individuals needs the class will often include co-ordination games as well as more traditional yoga poses. Throughout the class we also focus on breathing deeply and rhythmically which helps us to feel mentally focused and revitalised. The classes always end with a lying down or seated relaxation which leaves us feeling calm and relaxed.
Practicing yoga can be enormously empowering as students are taught techniques they can practice on their own to help deal with the challenges of daily life on a physical, mental and emotional level.
Taught on a one-to-one basis or in small groups of 2 or 3 the classes are between 30 minutes and one hour and held at your own home.
The class content will change from week to week and depend on what you want to do that day. If you have lots of energy we will stretch, bend and strengthen the whole body. If you are feeling worried, angry or anxious we will make sure we have plenty of time to breath deeply and calm down. Occasionally people prefer to sit and talk or punch pillows the whole time which is fine too!
You can play music that you find relaxing and the class can be held in your room or a social area. If you would rather have a friend, parent or key worker there they are very welcome to join in.
If you want to find out more please call me on 07811 720 592.