Adaptive Yoga Helps People with Disabilities

By: Judy Fortin
By: Judy Fortin

Yoga is good for the body and mind, and now it's helping people with disabilities.

This is adaptive yoga.

It uses traditional poses and postures, which are modified to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

"The benefits of adaptive yoga are to improve flexibility, improve circulation, improve posture, improve strength," explained Physical Therapist, Sarah Knoph.

Steven Kruger gets all those benefits as he practices yoga from a wheelchair.

"It helps me stretch out muscles that I can't stretch on my own.," Kruger said.

Adaptive yoga also helps students recovering from stroke and surgery, and those coping with multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

Instructor Terri Leonard helps her students achieve the same benefits they would in a traditional yoga class.

"They come for stress relief, they come for the meditation factor, they come for to learn how to calm their bodies," stated Leonard.

Steven says the class helps him not just physically, but emotionally.

"It's nice to come see other people and function in an environment with people who are facing the same challenges you are," he said.

Facing the challenges and finding new ways to adapt.

For more information on adaptive yoga, and to find a yoga instructor near you, click here to visit the Yoga Everywhere website. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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