with Ryan McGraw, MA, CYT and Cheryl Hurst, PsyD, C-IAYT
Adaptive Yoga for Teachers and Students: A workshop of discovery for yoga students with different abilities and disabilities, as well as teachers and other professionals seeking to gain experience with this population.
This workshop invites both:
- instructors (yoga instructors, physical therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, etc.) interested in adapting their practice to meet the needs of all students, regardless of ability; and
- students with different abilities and disabilities to explore the possibilities yoga practice can bring to well-being.
Both instructors and students to bring a spirit of trial and error and open dialogue to help guide the process. Part of the workshop will be yoga practice time, including breathing practices, and guided meditation. A panel discussion will feature how people of all abilities have dispelled misconceptions and utilized yoga for health and in everyday life. All equipment provided.
A sliding scale of payment is available for participants who have disabilities and are in need of adaptive yoga.
Ryan McGraw, MA earned his 200-hour yoga teaching certificate from Prairie Yoga in 2011 and completed adaptive yoga teacher training with Matthew Sanford. Ryan received his Master’s Degree in Disability and Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in 2013. For his Master’s Thesis, Ryan created an adapted yoga manual for people with disabilities. He continues his studies in therapeutic yoga with Gabriel Halpern in Chicago.
Cheryl Hurst, PsyD, C-IAYT is a Health Psychologist and Yoga Therapist who has lived with MS for more than 15 years and knows the power of Yoga to promote healing from the inside out. Cheryl teaches Yoga for Neurological Conditions at the Yoga Circle in Chicago and assists master teacher Gabriel Halpern in his therapeutic work with yoga students of all abilities. Cheryl sees individuals for psychotherapy services and for therapeutic yoga sessions at her private practice and yoga therapy studio in downtown Chicago.