“I hope it continues as long as it can because I like the class,” says Cerebral Palsy Association of BC (CPABC) member Ty Kook about the association’s adapted yoga program. “It’s affordable even with the drive. Other yoga places are expensive,” Ty explains in conversation with a CPABC staff member over the phone. Ty is a resident of Port Moody who lives with cerebral palsy. His family makes the forty minute drive into Vancouver most Tuesdays for the hour-long yoga session.
It’s affordable even with the drive. Other yoga places are expensive.” – Ty, member of CPABC’s adapted yoga program
Cerebral Palsy affects muscular tone, movement and coordination, so lack of physical activity may lead to further immobilization. As for the general population, the practice of yoga increases flexibility, strength and stamina, enabling participants to become more active. Increased physical activity through yoga is proven to reduce anxiety, increase fitness and health, and lead to overall improved quality of life. Individuals like Ty gravitate towards the free program with peers and friends to enjoy both a positive social environment and the physical benefits of yoga. Some of the positions are incredibly effective as they help improve his posture and manage back pain – bananasana or “the banana pose” is one of Ty’s personal favourites.
The atmosphere in the yoga class is similar to a close knit family, as some of the participants have grown up together. Ty came to the classes knowing some of the participants as friends, and has since seen his social circle expand to welcome new participants, volunteers, and staff. As he explains his fondness for the class, Ty points out that it is “very peaceful – it’s always good to relax after a long day.
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