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Free online seated yoga classes created for the disabled community in response to COVID-19.

All ages and abilities welcome.

 - Who is Adaptive Yoga suitable for? Adaptive Yoga is designed to make yoga accessible to more people. Especially those who have injuries, limitations, disabilities or those who are elderly.

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Who is Adaptive Yoga suitable for? Adaptive Yoga is designed to make yoga accessible to more people. Especially those who have injuries, limitations, disabilities or those who are elderly.

 

 - “My weekly yoga session allows my body stillness. I am paraplegic, and I suffer with neuropathic pain. This is exhausting, and despite taking medications which make me drowsy, the need for sleep is overwhelming. Adaptive yoga is my salvation, and no one should be without it” - Siby Boyd

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“My weekly yoga session allows my body stillness. I am paraplegic, and I suffer with neuropathic pain. This is exhausting, and despite taking medications which make me drowsy, the need for sleep is overwhelming. Adaptive yoga is my salvation, and no one should be without it” - Siby Boyd

What is Adaptive Yoga? - It is a form of yoga that connects the mind, body, and spirit through the practice of physical postures (asana), partnered with the breath (pranayama), and meditation practices.

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What is Adaptive Yoga?

It is a form of yoga that connects the mind, body, and spirit through the practice of physical postures (asana), partnered with the breath (pranayama), and meditation practices.

Why does Adaptive Yoga work? - 1) It takes away the fear of movement2) Deep breathing and meditation reduce stress by switching the nervous system from an alert state to a calm state3) Gentle movement can increase muscle tone, improve balance, and help manage pain4) Practicing adaptive yoga bonds you with other disabled people who are all on the same journey of self discovery and self improvement

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Why does Adaptive Yoga work?

1) It takes away the fear of movement

2) Deep breathing and meditation reduce stress by switching the nervous system from an alert state to a calm state

3) Gentle movement can increase muscle tone, improve balance, and help manage pain

4) Practicing adaptive yoga bonds you with other disabled people who are all on the same journey of self discovery and self improvement

Can I do the class sitting down ? - Yes! Our live classes have been modified to include only seated poses. Traditional Adaptive Yoga includes standing poses but, for the audience watching at home during COVID-19, we’ve simplified the practice.

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Can I do the class sitting down ?

Yes! Our live classes have been modified to include only seated poses. Traditional Adaptive Yoga includes standing poses but, for the audience watching at home during COVID-19, we’ve simplified the practice.

What are yoga props? Yoga props help to keep the body aligned during each pose by providing support and stability. Don’t worry if you don’t have these. You can use household items such as books, belts, or you can decide not use them at all!

What are yoga props? Yoga props help to keep the body aligned during each pose by providing support and stability. Don’t worry if you don’t have these. You can use household items such as books, belts, or you can decide not use them at all!

What are yoga props? Yoga props help to keep the body aligned during each pose by providing support and stability. Don’t worry if you don’t have these. You can use household items such as books, belts, or you can decide not use them at all!

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How do I watch the free live classes?

In order for us to track the success of this service we’re asking all participants to fill out a simple registration form. You will only need to do this once! We thank you in advance for helping us…

Register Here

You can watch the live classes for free by clicking the ‘Live Classes’ button in the menu at the top of this page.

Live classes are on Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday at 3pm BST

All Ages

Whether you are young or old, we welcome anyone who wants to join this class to feel connected whilst self-isolating. We want Adaptive Yoga LIVE subscribers to become ambassadors to help spread the word. Every disabled person can benefit from this streaming service.

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All Abilities

You might have a severe disability or you might have aches and pains. This is a judgment free zone. If you feel that you can benefit from Adaptive Yoga training (stretching, breath work, meditation, and collaborative exercise) please join us and experience the benefits from this gentler form of yoga.

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While we’ve heard a lot about the risks of Covid-19 for older people, less has been said about the 13 million disabled people, living in the UK. Many are worried about underlying health issues, access to carers, and becoming even more isolated. With your support, we will be able to increase our efforts to unite the disabled community in a shared experience - to help reduce stress and improve wellbeing.

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Who is teaching Adaptive Yoga LIVE?

 

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Paulo Concepcion is an expert yoga teacher. He has completed the 500-hour yoga teacher training with Yoga Alliance to become 500RYT Yoga Teacher Certified. He has studied Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Tapasya Hot Yoga, and is specially trained in Adaptive Yoga. He believes yoga is a personal journey. “My philosophy is to share the joy of yoga so that the student can explore, experience and empower both themselves, and others through yoga practice.”

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Karen Russell has made helping people to live a fitter, healthier, lifestyle her passion for more than 25 years. After a long career as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer, Karen qualified as a Fitness Instructor and worked as a Personal Trainer. She qualified as a yoga teacher in 2005 - long after discovering yoga’s ability to re-address imbalances in her body. “I am learning from my adaptive yoga students in every class I teach. It is a truly wonderful and enlightening experience.”

 

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Paola Merlassino trained in India where she discovered a love for Akhanda yoga, a form of yoga that focuses on sound, vibration, and meditation practices. Paola has just completed accessible yoga training with Jivana Heyman out of San Francisco. She also specialises in teaching yoga to children and young adults in primary and secondary schools. Paola’s class is suitable for people looking for a slower pace of yoga that focuses on the inward journey rather than the physical accomplishments of yoga.

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Basma Gale left a career in Physiotherapy to retrain in Complimentary Therapies after the debilitating effects of post viral fatigue in 2003. At this point she discovered yoga, finally completing her teacher training in London, in 2017. Basma aims to make classes fun and accessible - to reconnect students to their true nature of ease and peace. “I want to demonstrate that yoga is truly for every body. I love seeing students embrace their uniqueness and find freedom in acceptance and self compassion".”

What People Are Saying…

“I have cerebral palsy and Adaptive Yoga has helped reduce spasms in my legs. It has also helped me improve my balance - in so many ways I can feel the benefits.”

— Melisa Zoe Kumaramangalam

“Adaptive Yoga is essential at the best of times and definitely vital during difficult times like we are all experiencing now. (during COVID-19)”

— Tumu Johnson

“As well as being great for relaxation and making new friends, Adaptive Yoga has had medical benefits for me. My respiratory team at Brompton Hospital have noticed lung function improvement in the past two years. In general I am breathing more regularly and more deeply.

— Suzanne Bull, MBE

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Who is sponsoring Adaptive Yoga LIVE?

 

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Miranda McCarthy, Founder of Wavelength VR, and Creator of Adaptive Yoga LIVE

“I have had four hip joints replaced, two knees replaced, ankle fusions, and years of rehabilitation. Adaptive Yoga has been the most effective exercise I’ve tried to date.  There was only one class in the U.K. when I started, just over a year ago, and it has been my goal to make more classes available to those who need it most. That’s why I launched Adaptive Yoga LIVE.”

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Louise Edwards, Founder of Adaptive Yoga Network, and Lead Sponsor of Adaptive Yoga LIVE

“I live with cerebral palsy and arthritis which limits mobility and affects coordination. Physically, yoga has improved my balance and coordination. It also eases pain and gives me a tool for physical and mental ease during the tough times. If you’re a yoga teacher AYN can help you start up a new Adaptive Yoga class by  donating equipment and supporting other costs.”

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