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Live Seated Yoga Classes for Seniors and Disabled

Author: Adaptive Yoga Network(i) : Contact:

Published: 2020-04-27


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The founders of Wavelength VR, Miranda McCarthy, and the founder of Adaptive Yoga Network, Louise Edwards, have come together to launch free online classes aimed at the most vulnerable in self-isolation, a live 'Seated Yoga Class' on the Adaptive Yoga LIVE website, from Monday 27th April 2020. There will be 3 weekly virtual classes, which are suitable for all ages and limitations, or anybody sitting at home.

Miranda and Louise met just over a year ago when there was only one adaptive yoga class running in the UK. "We both have experienced the enormous benefit the practice of adaptive yoga has given us. Our limitations have bonded us as a group, we have learned how to teach the brain not to fear movement, and we've learned that deep breathing and meditation switches the nervous system from an alert state to a calm state. It has been life changing." commented Miranda McCarthy, CEO of Wavelength VR.

Photo shows a number of both standing and seated people during an Adaptive Yoga group class session.
Photo shows a number of both standing and seated people during an Adaptive Yoga group class session.

Founder of the Non-For Profit Organisation, Adaptive Yoga Network, Louise Edwards has joined Miranda in response to the urgent need to support the more vulnerable and physically challenged people in this current period of lockdown during Covid-19. "An adaptive yoga class within 10 miles of every disabled person seemed like a dream for Adaptive Yoga Network - until now with the live streaming bringing a class right into the room."

The classes will be streamed live and for FREE every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at 3.00pm (GMT). Users can register on the Adaptive Yoga LIVE website. The classes will be taught by Karen Russell and Paulo Concepcion, expert yoga teachers, both volunteers with more than 500 hours of yoga teacher training. The whole programme has been created as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will run for six weeks.

If these classes are successful, and there is demand, they can continue but they will need support to make this happen. We are launching a crowdfunding campaign to keep this free service running during lockdown. Donations can be made via our GoFundMe page. All donations will go to improving the service to help connect the disabled community in a shared experience to help reduce stress and improve wellbeing.

Seated woman receives assistance from instructor during Adaptive Yoga group session.
Seated woman receives assistance from instructor during Adaptive Yoga group session.

What is Adaptive Yoga?

Adaptive Yoga is designed to make yoga accessible to more people, especially those who have injuries, limitations, disabilities, or the elderly. This can include using a chair, wall, or yoga props.

It can also be described as a form of yoga that teaches integration of mind and body.

It is an art and science 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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