How it all started...
I started the first UK Adaptive class in the Autumn of 2012 as well as one to one tuition for different conditions (such as Multiple Sclerosis, cancer, Cerebral Palsy, fybromalgia). The effect of Adaptive Yoga on students, whether in group or individually, has been remarkable, leaving me many a time deeply moved and always profoundly inspired to be doing such work.
The stories of physical change, increased mobility, agility, fully reconnecting with the body as a whole, learning to find acceptance so as to begin the indispensable journey of emotional healing are too numerous to list.
Today, I hold up the vision of what I would like to see happen in the UK and Europe: in 2014, in collaboration with one of my Adaptive students, Louise Edwards we founded Adaptive Yoga UK. We are now in the process of setting up as a charity. Our core faculty has also expanded to include Jo Duffin (Cambridge area) and Suzanne Galfredi (Milan) who have both since gone to the USA to train with Matthew Sanford. Our aim is to establish and run Adaptive Yoga classes and to support the training of Adaptive Yoga teachers and class assistants in the UK and Europe.
At Adaptive Yoga UK, we believe that Yoga and its benefits are for Every Body, including people living with disability, loss or trauma such as partial or total paralysis, amputation, spinal cord injury, arthritis, and cerebral palsy, among many other conditions.
Adaptive Yoga goes beyond working with people living with disability, it is a platform for shared humanity, where all involved, participants, teachers, assistants come away enriched. For more info >>>