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Apr 16, 2018

018: Accessible Yoga with Sarah Helt

 

There has been a growing movement focused on making yoga accessible to all that has caught Shannon’s attention. On today’s episode Shannon has invited Sarah Helt, an Ambassador from the Accessible Yoga organization, to share her insight on this topic. Sarah speaks with great thoughtfulness about what led her to teach yoga with a concentration on accessibility, on how to make yoga classes more available to those with disabilities, and the upcoming Accessible Yoga Conference.

 

Sarah was introduced to working with persons with disabilities through an apprenticeship program with senior Iyengar teacher Gabriel Halpern. This work became a great source of inspiration and led to her creation of NeuroYoga; an accessible style of teaching yoga and meditation geared toward persons with disabilities relating to the spinal cord and nervous system.

 

Sarah Helt is the Lead Teacher of Hot 8 Yoga, the Director of Communications and Marketing for Accessible Yoga along with her role as an Ambassador.



4:25 Shannon’s reflections on making yoga accessible to all

 

13:30 What to expect at The Accessible Yoga Conference

 

15:50 What led Sarah to practice yoga and become involved in Accessible Yoga organization

 

18:15 How Sarah began to notice a link between yoga and pain management

 

18:55 How Sarah found her niche, her “soul work”

 

20:35 Sarah reflects on the journey leading to her to work with persons with disabilities and if looking back there’s anything she would do differently

 

22:15 On not letting fear hold you back from modifying poses for those with disabilities and on taking your time to build your successes

 

23:55 On why there’s a separate conference for accessible yoga

 

26:55 Yoga Accessibility Conference resource guide points to how meticulously those with disabilities have to plan to move in the world

 

29:30 Sarah sums up the Accessible Yoga Conference

 

30:40 What Sarah would like yoga teachers to incorporate into their classes to make them more accessible?

 

33:30 Sarah’s involvement in the Accessible Yoga Conference and how to get in touch with the organization

 

34:40 About the Accessible Yoga Ambassador program

 

38:10 Shannon’s closing thoughts and key takeaways- when are teachers ready to teach one-on-one and how to make yoga classes more accessible

 

Links

 

Accessible Yoga Email: info@accessibleyoga.org

 

Sarah Helt’s Email: sarah@accessibleyoga.org

 

Accessible Yoga Website

 

Accessible Yoga on Facebook

 

Accessible Yoga on Instagram

 

Accessible Yoga on Twitter

 

Sick Boy Podcast

 

Accessible Yoga Conference in Toronto June 22nd- 24th

 

The Connected Teacher Facebook Group

 

Follow The Connected Teacher on Youtube

 

Book a Consultation Call with Shannon

 

Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training

 

Mama Nurture Teacher Training (RPYT)

 

Gratitude to our Sponsor Schedulicity

 

Quotes

 

“I think it’s really unfair that marginalized persons, such as those with disabilities, have to shoulder the burden to make society accept them.” ~Sarah Helt

 

“Unification will serve our world, as a whole.”
~Sarah Helt

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