For about ten years, I have been sharing Yoga with people living with disabilities. A variety of limitations and challenges ranging from autism to down syndrome to traumatic brain injuries to intellectual disabilities. When I listened to the whispering to bring Yoga to people who could not easily access a traditional class, I knew that my soul was aligned.
Since I began teaching, I have always felt that it truly is a reciprocal sharing and that I am not the ‘teacher’. Certainly, I bring a set of skills and knowledge to share with them, but we are in it together and I believe that there is no separation from student and teacher.
My teaching style has always been to teach in a circle. A union. A circle to me represents no beginning and no end, a continuum. Within that sacred space of the circle, we can see each other and connect. I feel that this creates a community within the group and fosters a sense of ‘oneness’.
People ask me if I am a Yoga Therapist. I will never describe myself as that, and I even shy away from the title ‘teacher’. I feel that my work, and my service, is a united and shared experience in which I learn as much as those in the circle.
A beautiful showcase of this ‘oneness’ is featured in a short news segment documenting one of the classes I share Yoga with. Enjoy!