Seminar room @ NSCD 12 February 2013
In this talk a suggestion i came up with, in order not to feel unable to do curtain positions in class, was to try to find my own solutions for the positions i compensate for."
We began the session by talking about the challenges for him in the yoga class. Toke explained how he finds it difficult to join in again after stepping out of a yoga exercise or posture that his disability prevents him from doing. I asked him to explain what's going on for him before he steps out and what changes in that moment when he acknowledges that he can no longer participate.
This is Toke's response:
The rest of the session helped me to gain insight in to Toke's physical background and how his strength and flexibility is different on his left side to his right side. Can he put weight on his short left arm? How much has he experimented with this? This was all very useful to me in order to plan what would be useful to work on in the following more practical sessions.
Another useful point Toke made was that the stretching and ease in the body he obtained in the yoga practice was achieved through constant flow of movement. This gave me a perfect starting point for our next session; finding a way for Toke to join in for the full class by substituting impossible postures and sequences with appropriate alternatives.