Working with different abilities
The Dublin School of Yoga (DSY) has been working with people of different abilities since 2007 in the CRC and designed classes for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, we use the term “different abilities” instead of disabilities because our approach to these classes is based on abilities rather than disabilities.
The DSY currently runs 3 classes per week in the CRC, two in the Day Activity Centre and one in the Training & Development department, these classes include a wide variety of students with a huge range of abilities. All the students participate as best as they can within their own abilities.
Physical health is vital to life and we encourage our students to try as best they can with keeping physically healthy, we generally have the Yoga classes seated in chairs the reason for this was that a lot of the clients had balancing issues and sitting in the chair was safe and secure.
We developed our own Chair Yoga and we performed forward bends, back bends, side bends and twisting movements and we had a version of the Sun salutation done in the chair and we also had a robot version. Currently we perform joint movement (in Yoga terms we practice Pawanmuktasana 1) simple joint movement with counting and breath awareness and easy to perform this series of practices has a multitude of benefits, all the movements are anti-rheumatic and stress relieving.