Yoga is a safe and effective way to increase strength, flexibility and your balance that can lead to improvements in both your physical and mental wellbeing.
As a wheelchair user the benefits of Yoga can be seen in your mind, body and spirit. Some of these benefits include:
- Increased flexibility & coordination
- Improving muscle strength, tone and balance.
- Minimises the chance of injury.
- Reduces stress
- Feel healthier and more energised.
Adaptive Yoga from WheelPower
At WheelPower we believe that lives can be transformed through sport and physical activity and during the Covid-1 pandemic we launched a series of Adaptive Yoga videos to encourage wheelchair users to enjoy exercise from the comfort of their homes.
Nina Boswell Brown (sittingfityoga.com) will be your instructor as she demonstrates, explains and guides you through a gentle warm up, before showing you how to complete the yoga poses in a safe and effective way. These videos last approximately 30 minutes, so make sure it’s nice and quiet for relaxation. Put on some comfortable clothing that allow for movement, find yourselves a small space within your home and away you go.
"Adaptive yoga classes are for people living with mobility disabilities, such as but not limited to partial paralysis, amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, visual impairment. Classical yoga postures are adapted with the use of props and assistants to the needs of students living with a disability to provide the experience of the pose, whatever the level of the participant, and to deepen the body-mind awareness. Deepening the mind-body awareness can lead to a greater sense of freedom and ease in everyday activities for someone living with a disability." - Fredee Sardaid (Adaptive Yoga Instructor)
Find out more about Adaptive Yoga
The British Wheel of Yoga was awarded National Governing Body status by Sports England in 1995 and they are committed to promoting a greater understanding of yoga and its safe practice through experience, education, study and training.
The AYN brings together teachers from across the UK. Discover classes in your local area:
The NHS page is a good place to find out how to get started with yoga, including the health benefits, and yoga styles for beginners: