Saturday, October 23, 2010

Yoga for Disabilities -- Matthew Sanford

From Media Kit
A number of you who take classes from me have heard me mention Matthew Sanford's name from time to time.   One of my blog posts, from June 2010, was also about him: Matthew Sanford, Paraplegic Yoga Teacher.    Matthew was injured in a car crash when he was 13 years old.  His father and sister were killed, his mother and brother had minor injuries, and Matthew broke his neck and back, becoming a paraplegic.

The practice of Iyengar Yoga helped him to become more in touch with all of his body again, not just the parts that still worked.

I just found another interesting online video that features Matthew Sanford when he spoke at the Detroit Medical Center's Center for Spinal Injury Recovery earlier this year.    See Yoga for People With Disabilities.
In this video, Matthew Sanford asks the audience, "How do you live more vibrantly in your body?", and he states, "I've never seen someone become more aware of his or her body without also becoming more compassionate. Never seen it happen."

I've also recently found out that Matthew Sanford will be the keynote speaker at the Yoga From the Heartland Conference in September 2012, Chicago Illinois.   This conference is being planned by the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Midwest, and will be open to all yoga practitioners, from any tradition.

I'll be letting you all know more about this exciting conference as I find out more details.

Put the conference dates on your calendar -- September 15-18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois

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