Thursday, June 3, 2010

Matthew Sanford - Paraplegic Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Matthew Sanford is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher from the Minneapolis metropolitan area....but he is paralyzed from the chest down.

Some of you may have heard The Body's Grace: Matthew Sanford's Story on NPR's Speaking of Faith this past week (May 27 and May 30), which is a re-broadcast from 2006.  (Thanks, Julie, for telling me about it!)

Matthew Sanford was 13 when his was in a devastating car accident that killed his father and sister and left him paralyzed from the chest down.

When he was 25, he was introduced to the practice of yoga by Iyengar Yoga teacher Jo Zukovich.   He eventually became a yoga teacher himself, and teaches to both dis-abled and able-bodied students.   He is the founder of the non-profit Mind Body Solutions, wrote the book "Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Trancendence", and travels around the country teaching yoga and giving talks about the mind body connection.

His story is a fascinating and inspiring one!   For more information, check out:

Matthew Sanford - Paraplegic Yoga Teacher 
This is my article.

The Body's Grace: Matthew Sanford's Story
From NPR's Speaking of Faith.   It includes links to a transcript, podcast and video

Matthew Sanford's website 
Waking mind and body.

Mind Body Solutions
Transform trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body.

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