May 25, 2016
Posted By: Paige Mador
Yoga has been shown to offer tremendous benefits to those who practice it, including stress management, alleviation of pain, improved physical fitness, increased flexibility and balance, enhanced mood, blood pressure regulation, and more. According to an article from Psychology Today, studies have shown that yoga practice helps to balance and regulate cortisol, a hormone that controls blood sugar, metabolism, and inflammation. According another study by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, yoga can also help alleviate chronic lower back pain.
Recently, yoga has become popular for its accessibility – with a few modifications, the benefits of yoga are available to almost everyone, regardless of age or ability level. Adaptive yoga practice has recently earned recognition as a complementary therapy for individuals with developmental disabilities and autism. For more information, check out this article by Yoga International.
All of this developing research has led to the creation of adaptive yoga programs for people with disabilities. Last year, Venture honored one of the best programs in the area, Shri Service Corps, with their Community Contribution Award. Shri has launched their Adaptive Yoga Pilot Project, which offers their unique curriculum of adaptive yoga to individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit their web site or check out their inspiring informational video.
For a list of other adaptive yoga instructors in Massachusetts, click here.
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