LaVita Wellness Center

Classes will be held on Monday and Wednesdays from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm.  Wellness center membership required to attend.  Learn more at: LaVita Wellness Center

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” B.K.S. Iyengar

Health Benefits of Yoga

The health benefits of yoga for people with chronic illness, disability or issues related to aging are well documented. Yoga reduces pain and improves the ability to move safely and with more ease in persons living with chronic back pain. It also has been found to lower heart rate and blood pressure and it relieves anxiety and depression…. and the side effects of yoga are low.

Harvard Study

But what if you are unable to get down on a mat or your balance is so poor that you are unable to stand without help? Lakshmi created her chair yoga program for a friend  with arthritis who was having difficulty participating in her yoga class.  She has been teaching chair yoga since the late 1980’s and training instructors since 1999.

Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga (LVCY)

I completed my training in chair yoga with Lakshmi Voelker on June 11, 2013. I chose this certification for several reasons:

– three levels of flexibility it offers participants
– need to adapt my yoga practice
– one-on-one training via skype

LVCY, performed entirely on the chair, is making it possible for people who would otherwise be unable to attend a yoga class due to issues with mobility/balance, physical challenges related to aging or chronic illness to do so. It is suitable for persons in a wheelchair.In addition to adapted yoga poses (asanas), LVCY also incorporates breath practice, meditation, brain balancing, relaxation, and self-massage.Adapting

Yoga for Disability, Mind Body Solutions

Matthew Sanford offers Level I/II Combination Workshop for adapting yoga for persons with disability.  I took this week-long training in May 2016 so I could adapt yoga for more complex disabilities as well as for my benefit.

Matthew has paraplegia due to a car accident at the age of fourteen and teaches adapted yoga across the country. Yoga changed his life and he shares his story in his book, Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence (Rodale: 2006).

This workshop changed my life, too. I came away with a deeper appreciation of the many mind/body benefits of yoga practice.

What happens in a therapeutic yoga class?

Class begins with a short centering activity/breath practice followed by light warm up exercises, right/left brain balancing or joint openers. The exercise part of the class may include different yoga poses (asanas) adapted for the chair and some supported standing for balance. We finish the class with a short reflection, meditation, or relaxation.

Is yoga a religion?

No. Yoga is nonsectarian, promoting health and harmonious living. Yoga is great for physical health. A regular yoga practice will strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility and improve your balance. In Western cultures, many people pursue the practice strictly for these benefits. However, most long-term yoga participants discover that the goal of yoga is to strengthen your connection with the source of all creation.

This class is for you if you are dealing with the following conditions:

  • issues related to aging
  • weight control
  • osteoporosis
  • arthritis
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • chronic pain
  • lung disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • scoliosis
  • depression
  • wheelchair dependent

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