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Lorton, Virginia

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October 29 - 31, 2010

Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis

Lorton, Virginia

This workshop was sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and hosted by the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia.  The Workhouse Arts Center was a great location - easy to get to, plenty of space for movement and workshop session during the community education program, and the art studios were open for visitors!  An added bonus is that the Workhouse offers gentle yoga classes for students who have MS.  I think a few more will join as a result of their positive experiences with the teachers in this program. 

I am so grateful to Kelly Schrader and the National Capital Chapter for sponsoring this program, to Lesley Spalding and the Workhouse Arts Center for hosting this program, to Lauri Bruce for assisting this program, to the yoga teachers who participated in this program -
you are changing the world, one student at a time - especially students
who long for a yoga program that understands their unique needs, and most especially to the students who live with multiple sclerosis and chose to be our teachers for the day. 

Comments from participants:

"Karen, your workshop was incredibly empowering! Your knowledge and your spirit shone through and your generosity in sharing with us was unsurpassed. You were extremely organized and seemed to anticipate our every need and question. Thank you for sharing your story and your experience.

Demonstrating your initial meeting with a student on Saturday was very powerful and the workshop on Sunday was incredible! I was a little nervous, because I hate thoseoccasions of being “put on the spot,” but the experience proved to be invaluable. I had the pleasure of working with the male caregiver who seemed not to want to be there. After the session, he seemed to have totally been sold on the benefits of yoga and spoke about how enlightening the experience was for him. Completely unexpected!!! How wonderful!

Again, thank you so much. You are doing incredible work and I very much valued having the opportunity to be your student. I hope to work with you again in the future!"  ~ ML

"I think that the training as a whole has really developed.  There was so much more in this training than in the one I took (in 2006.)  I’ve been to some good workshops and some great workshops and this was up there with the best.  You are authentic in your passion and bring humor into what could be and is a very serious topic.  You remind us of the humanness of our students and that each of them should be treated as individuals.  Thank you for that gift."  ~ LB

Photos from the workshop:

How Wonderful!

So flexible!

Feels so good to stretch my legs!

Group relaxation