I moved to Santa Barbara three years ago, after living in the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty years. I had been surrounded by a supportive and loving community of fellow yogis at the San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute. I realized that adaptive Yoga teachers everywhere must feel the same way. They are on their own trying to share these beautiful teachings to the best of their ability.
I hope to bring the adaptive yoga community together for a number of reasons: I’d like to support the beautiful work that so many teachers are out there doing on their own by offering them a platform for their teaching. I’d also like to offer the adaptive yoga community a united voice to tell the world that we’re here to help. We have tools that can offer healing and peace to whoever is interested.
In the end, yoga is a very personal practice – learning how to work with your own mind and body in whatever condition they are in. Yet, the support of a community is essential for this work. Organizing the Conference has already broadened and deepened my community, and I hope attendees leave the Accessible Yoga Conference with a greater sense of support. I also hope that they leave inspired to deepen their personal practice and to spread the word about yoga with those around them.