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updated: Feb 17, 2013, 8:10 AM

I am looking for a yoga class for my wheelchair-bound brother-in-law (also blind). I will accompany him, as his aide. He has limited financial means. As an avid yogi, I know yoga would be great for him. Adult Ed used to teach "seated yoga", but not currently offered. Does anyone have suggestions??

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 COMMENT 375323P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 08:45 AM

Try the Multiple Schlerosis Society (805-682-8783). I used to take adaptive yoga classes from them. You did not have to have MS to take the classes. Depending on their funding the classes were low cost or free.


 COMMENT 375327 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 08:53 AM

SB YMCA just added a chair yoga class on Tues. & Thurs. mornings at 9:30. Debbie is the instructor and she is great!
About a dozen people currently attend. The room is large and the elevator is just around the corner.


 COMMENT 375337 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 09:10 AM

RussaYog will do private lessons!


 COMMENT 375380P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 10:38 AM

If he is a member of AARP, then the YMCA membership is free. That would make the seated yoga classes at the Y either free or very affordable. I would try that first.


 COMMENT 375401 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 11:38 AM

YMCA membership is free if you're an AARP member??? Is that true??


 COMMENT 375410P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 12:14 PM

I checked both the AARP and YMCA Web sites and found no references to a free membership.


 COMMENT 375475 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 02:31 PM

Jodi House! All kinds of activities for disabled folks!


 COMMENT 375584P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 07:14 AM

Please check the SBCC Adult Ed listings. There are several classes which use chairs for yoga and there is a very good class taught by Holly Hungett on Wednesday morning at the Schott Center which is geared for, but not limited to, people with mobility issues, arthritis, MS, Parkinson's. This class does stretching, lifting weights (we choose the pounds), rubber bands and bands while sitting in chairs. We also stand, if we can, to do more stretching. It is a great class, and is very reasonable in cost, and Holly helps with adapting whatever we are doing to our abilities.


 COMMENT 375586P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 07:17 AM

Why not teach him what you know? You do yoga yourself, yes? You don't have to attend a yoga studio to do yoga and it might be so much easier and cheaper for you to teach poses to your brother in his home. Just a thought... Great idea to share yoga with everybody. We have a blind student at my class but she is not in a chair - don't think some yoga studios can handle a wheelchair on their special floors.


 COMMENT 375603P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 07:58 AM

Check with the Braille Institute. Thet have all kinds of classes including computing, cooking - and maybe exercise classes.


 COMMENT 375616 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 08:38 AM

The United Healthcare supplemental health insurance offered to medicare AARP members includes the option of a free YMCA membership called "Silver Sneakers". I know because I have it and use it.


 COMMENT 375995 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 07:41 AM

Jodi House!


 ZEBRA STRIPES agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 04:06 PM

OP here,
Many thanks for the answers. I will follow-up on them! Getting him up & out of the house in the morning is disruptive to all, but it might be worth it.

I love Edhat & helpful contributors!


 COMMENT 697591 agree helpful negative off topic

2016-04-13 03:34 PM

I personally love Power Of Your Om - they have the best classes and a great community!



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