I am an Accessible Yoga Ambassador and have been providing Adaptive Yoga classes to promote inclusion for adults (and children) with special needs since 2015. I am proud to be part of the Casa de Oro Library G.A.M.E.R.S. program (Group Home Adults Mixer - Educational/Recreational/Social).

The G.A.M.E.R.S. Program

Every Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 A.M. to 2 P.M., the Casa de Oro County Library hosts a FREE program for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. They provide a safe space with different activities for all independence levels including adult-interest games, cards, coloring sheets, laptops, and in many cases job-skill development tasks. Their address is 9805 Campo Rd, Spring Valley, CA 91977, and phone number is  (619) 463-3236.

The Yoga Classes

Every Tuesday in partnership with St. Madeleine Sophie's Center we have FREE yoga at the library, starting on the hour - at 10 AM, 11 AM and 12 PM. Classes are 50 minutes, and participants can use chairs (or where needed wheelchairs) or do yoga from the floor. In the spirit of inclusion, I strongly encourage coaches/care-givers/family members to join the class to both model participation as well as get a great stretch for themselves!

There is no advance sign up, but yoga class size is limited and first come first serve. If the class you wanted to attend is full that day please stay until the next session starts. Remember you have full use of the library facilities!

Like all my classes, I emphasize first and foremost the role of the breath in helping the body calm and connect to the mind. I use both auditory and visual cues, plus props like the Hoberman Sphere, and yoga tools like blocks, straps, balls and blankets to make movement more accessible and create positive sensation and connection.

Yoga is all about intention, and even if the body cannot create the "textbook" form of a pose that does not limit our practitioners' ability to gain the benefits. We stretch and strengthen muscles, build endurance, and work on emotional regulation using the poses, the breath, music, and open group dialogue. The classes are intended to create safe social atmosphere for all our students to find a little bit of "samadhi" (enlightenment) in their own way.

Each class ends with a few minutes (or more) resting in chairs or on the floor with yoga eye pillows when possible, to provide students the experience of "savasana" (or quiet meditation).

Interested in teaching adaptive yoga? Please click here!

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