"I MERELY TOOK THE ENERGY IT TAKES TO POUT AND WROTE SOME BLUES." - DUKE ELLINGTON
Yoga has gained significant popularity, with classes held in small towns and big cities throughout the U.S. What may not be as widely known is the practice of adaptive yoga; yoga that is gentler, less rigorous in its poses, and modified by utilizing a chair or assistance from another person. A year ago, I interviewed Matthew Sanford of Mind-Body Solutions Center. Sanford is a pioneer in teaching yoga to persons with disabilities and believes that yoga can be adapted to many levels of limitation. In Matthew's own life, yoga was a means to establishing a mind-body connection.
If you've never tried yoga, find an instructor who has experience with restorative/adaptive yoga methods. Start with one or two restorative poses that you can count on a few times a week for stress relief, and then build on that. Here is one example of a restorative pose, taught by Rodney Yee.
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