York University, University Health Network, and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute is running two, gentle, yoga interventions; the first is from April 19th – May 26th and the second is from June 7 – July 14. Both programs involve two classes a week, from 4-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Lyndhurst Centre.
The yoga classes will be specialized for individuals with spinal cord injury or spinal related conditions (e.g. spina bifida, transverse myelitis, etc.). All poses will be done in a seated position. However, it is not necessary to be in a wheelchair to participate. Each Hatha yoga class will be 50-60 minutes long, and will consist of upper body yoga postures, breathing techniques and relaxation practices. Hatha yoga is based on the development of mind-body unity and balance and has been selected as an appropriate form of yoga for individuals since it is gentle and can be easily modified to accommodate for mobility difficulties. It focuses on breathing techniques and awareness building practices rather than strength building, though there is also an emphasis on movement.
If you are interested, please contact Kathryn Curtis, one of the study researchers by calling 416-736-2100 x33125 or email@example.com