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Sunday, June 2 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Navigating the Intersection of Disability Rights and Accessible Yoga FULL

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The Accessible Yoga Movement is in its infancy compared to the Disability Rights Movement, which began in the 1960’s, yet both share many similarities. The goal of each is to challenge negative attitudes, policies, and perceptions about people with disabilities, promoting equitable participation of people of all abilities in yoga practice and in society. This presentation will give a brief history of the Disability Rights Movement. We will then explore the Accessible Yoga Movement as another step on the disability rights journey, paying attention to what values and rights are important to people with disabilities as participants in yoga classes and members of the larger yoga community.

Looking past the mechanics of yoga practice, many barriers to inclusion still exist, both physical and attitudinal, preventing people with disabilities’ participation in yoga. These barriers may exist in yoga studios, class policies, and in methods of yoga teacher training. We will discuss, as a group, what some of these barriers are and how we can devise solutions for them. The workshop will conclude with a short chair yoga class/demonstration, focusing on simple adaptations that can make the benefits of yoga accessible for every body.

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Ryan McGraw

Ryan McGraw approaches every class with the belief that everyone can do yoga. As a person with cerebral palsy who has been practicing yoga for 15 years, Ryan is well aware that yoga poses can be adapted to meet the needs of the student, no matter what their ability level is. Ryan... Read More →


Sunday June 2, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Il Monastero - Room 111 Saint Louis University: Il Monastero, 3050 Olive Street

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