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Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama


Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis

A Workshop for Yoga Teachers and Health Care Professionals



May 29 - 30, 2009


There are many potential students who would love to do yoga. Mainstream yoga classes often present too many obstacles for students who have limitations, impairments and even disabilities. Adaptive yoga looks at accessibility, appropriate class levels and the use of props to create safety and a meaningful experience.

While the focus is on multiple sclerosis, this skills based workshop is applicable to other student populations who need an adaptive approach.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is MS?
  • Adaptive Asana
    • Modifications for students who attend traditional yoga classes
    • Modifications for chair and mat classes
    • Modifications for chair only classes
  • Class Design for students with limitations
  • When and how to assist
  • Private lesson how to's
  • Practicum
    • Community workshop for people who have MS and other health challenges

Teachers who take this training will have additional knowledge, skills and confidence to assist their students and to creatively address the many different stressors and limitations that can result from having MS.

  • Sponsor:
    • The Alabama Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting this continuing education program for yoga teachers and licensed health care professionals who have an interest in working with people who have MS and other challenging health conditions. 
  • Location:
  • Training Schedule:
    • Friday, May 29 & Saturday, May 30:  8:30 - 5:00 p.m. both days
    • As part of this training there will be a Free Yoga Workshop for people who have MS on Saturday morning.  People who have MS discuss their challenges and what they need in terms of a Yoga experience. Yoga teachers will have the opportunity to work one-on-one or in small group with workshop participants.
      • Free Yoga Workshop for people who have MS
        • Saturday, May 30, 2009
        • Time:  10:00 - 12:00 noon
        • Register with Taylor Lander, Director of Client Services and Communications, Alabama Chapter of the NMSS 
  •  Registration Fee:
    • $229, includes manual
    • early bird discount: 
      • $209 paid in full by May 22, 2009
  • To Register: 
    • Mail your check to:
      • Yoga Heals Us LLC
      • 129 Rose Hill Road
      • Ledyard, CT  06339
    • Pay Online: 
      • Teaching Adaptive Yoga for MS Workshop (by date and location)
  • Contact:
  • Refund policy:
    • Refund requests made more than 7 days prior to the first day of the training:
      • Payments made will be refunded in full (less a $20 processing fee).
    • Refund requests made within 7 days of the first day of the training:
      • 75% of payments will be refunded (less $20 processing fee).
    • No refund is available if you cancel less than 24 hours in advance or on the first day of the training, if you don't show up, or if you leave the training early for any reason.
  • Scholarship:
    • We strive to keep the costs down.  A very limited number of partial scholarships are available depending on the number of fully paid participants.  Criteria:
      • Annual income of less than $20,500 for individuals and $25,500 for couples. 
      • Recipients must agree to provide a free community workshop within 6 months and provide a written summary of the experience to Yoga Heals Us LLC.
      • Recipients must pay their portion in full 10 days prior to the workshop.
  • Pre-requisite:
    • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification
    • PTs, OTs, LMTs, nurses & other licensed health care professionals who work with clients who have MS may also participate.
      • Must have a minimum one year direct yoga experience in an ongoing class with a certified yoga teacher.
  • CEUs:
    • Earns up to 15 CEUs for Yoga Alliance RYTs
  • Accommodations:
    • Participants are responsible for their own lodging.
  • Meals:
    • Bring your own lunch.