Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning "union". It is an ancient system of self-awareness that seeks to unite one's mind and body. Often in a yoga practice, the breath is used to connect the physical movements -- so that you naturally flow from one movement into the next, corresponding to the rhythmic pattern of your inhalation and exhalation.
Adaptive yoga is yoga adapted to the needs of each individual participant. In adaptive yoga, the postures or asanas are presented to match the ability of the participant. One doesn't have to possess a pre-conceived level of fitness in terms of flexibility or physical strength in order to practice adaptive yoga. All you need to practice adaptive yoga is the ability and willingness to be present in the moment. Present to the needs of your body, aware of the flow of your breath and open to embracing the changes taking place within you. It is an all-encompassing practice that brings the benefits of yoga to you no matter what your physical limitations. Yoga is adapted to suit your unique requirements versus the other way round where you push your body to go beyond its physical limits in the aspiration of the perfect pose.
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Ann Patolawala has extensive experience teaching yoga classes with emphasis on proper sequencing & alignment to accommodate each student’s personal needs. Her objective is to provide a non-competitive and supportive class to help participants realize their fullest potential through the practice of yoga. She is a referral instructor with the National MS Society, MS Foundation, & Arthritis Foundation. Contact Ann at get.to.nirvana at gmail dot com