A disabled person and ashtanga yoga?
HI. I'm very interested in starting yoga, especially ashtanga yoga. I'm not so athletic (I mean, I've never done any kind of sports seriously) but have started jogging a couple of months ago with other workout and been doing it every single day so far. I feel great. Now I'd like to try yoga also. But the problem I will face is my disability. Basically I only have one hand (the other hand which is left one is.....kinda cute and small. :P) and the left arm is shorter than my normal right arm. It's about 2/3 of the normal length. So, for instance, with something like downward facing dog position, I can not use both hand. Is it going to be a big problem for me to try ashtanga yoga?
- 9 years agoFavorite Answer
I would advise contacting David Swenson, a very generous and experienced ashtanga teacher who would be able to give you sound advice. In the last workshop I did with him he told an amazing story of how his teacher Pattabhoi Jois taught someone who suffered from quadriplegia which is a great example of how the practise can be adapted to the individual. Here is his website: http://www.ashtanga.net/. He is a really nice guy who I'm sure would be happy to give advice and his contact details are on the website.
Ultimately I think it would probably be best for you to find an experienced teacher in your local area who can work with you on a one on one basis initially to help you make the adaptations and then away you go! Best of luck