Today begins the journey to a new You

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.

Process C.R.C?

Breathing is also of immense importance and we perform lots of diaphragm exercise, we teach the mechanics of breathing to the class and teach students how to take care of their breathing, this can go a long way to helping with keeping the mind calm.

In the neuro- muscular classes, the objectives were the functions of heart muscle and diaphragm and to strengthen these functions. We also worked a lot with moving the joints and each student was given a CD and a handout to help them develop a home practice. Meditation was popular with this group in MDI and we usually ended the class with 20 minutes’ pranayama (breath work) the feedback from the group was excellent.

Currently the DSY is working on delivering a 12-week course for wheelchair users and others, the course will be rolled out to all the CRC centres across Dublin. The aim of the courses is Health Management and health improvement, the course uses Yogic techniques to teach the clients how to maintain good physical health, nutrition and learning what are the best foods to be eating, meditation and pranayama, this aspect teaches the clients how to use their minds to their advantage and introduces Positive Psychology.

At the DSY we feel fortunate to be able to work with CRC and its clients and we hope to develop our relationship in the future.

I joined Cormac,s classes for the meditation and relaxation but quickly discovered the great benefit of mixing the physical exercise with breathing and meditation.Everything you need in a single session.

His classes are well organised and very enjoyable. Instructions are modified depending on the needs & abilities of the individual pupils.

Yoga Student

In the eight years that I have been a  yoga student of Cormac Lennon, Yoga has been a very positive contribution to my life. It has provided me with great physical mental and emotional well being. It brings deep peace and connection, self acceptance and self  responsibility. Attending yoga on a regular basis has given me the ability manage stress in my work place with calm and compassion. My experience of yoga has helped me to  keep healthy, choose life, have self respect and respect for those I come in contact with. Yoga is for everyone.  

Yoga Student from Dublin

I have Muscular Dystrophy. Over the years, we have been working on the breathing, keeping what i have strong and building on that strength.  This has helped me in a lot of tough times when I start to hyperventilate, I am able to regain control of my breathing again with a few helpful tips from class.