SPECIAL POPULATIONS MAIN PAGE
LET YOUR YOGA DANCE® FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
There are thousands of people who yearn to move their bodies, dance, and do yoga. If you are not a SP teacher yet this may inspire you to join this very special group of teachers. This training is for teachers and practitioners of many backgrounds. To learn more about how to bring LYYD to people with special needs click here.
This section is for LYYD for Special Populations graduates and is intended to supplement their training. Only SP graduates are able to access additional pages.
LYYD Teachers: If you have graduated from LYYD Teacher Training this does NOT make you a Special Populations teacher.
Special Populations Teachers: If you have not yet taken Part 1 & Part 2 and graduated from LYYD Teacher Training you are considered a LYYD teacher. Your title is LYYD Special Populations teacher.
Only taking all three modules will make you trained in both modalities.
MEET OUR GRADUATES
The Magnificent Seven August 2012/Toronto
Wings of Angels March 2012/St. Augustine The Traveling Om's July 2012/Kripalu
Full Moon Tribe July 2011/Kripalu Compassionate Compadres July 2010
Andrea Cashman, Milford, CT
My first experience with Let Your Yoga Dance blew me away. The joyous release and camaraderie developed in just one short hour with a group of relative strangers astounded me. I knew I had to become a certified Teacher of LYYD, and LYYD for Special Populations so I could share this work with all my students, including people who may find physical activity a challenge, to help them find their inner dancer.
In classes for Special Populations the energy of the music and movement of the dancers flow from gentle warm up to a vibrant rhythm, then back to a soothing cool down and meditative moment. Beginning in a chair, lifting the heart to deepen the breath, then stretching each part of the body, allowing the music to guide the movement. We stand if the student is able; the support of a chair or walker is always a welcome dance partner & use our voices in a sing-along during the closing number.
During my training at Kripalu, I received the most from the octogenarians who came to share their insight with us. They danced and sang as the years melted away. In this joyful movement they reached beyond their physical limitations, discovered a new way to love their bodies, and allowed the spirit to awaken to its inner rhythm. In teaching Let Your Yoga Dance I am honoring my parents, and all the generations that have come before by Healing through Joy.
Barbara Arnett, Front Royal, VA
On the day I taught my first Let Your Yoga Dance for Special Populations class, I entered the building certified, but terrified. Yet in spite of several surprises during that first class I left the building with my heart aglow. And I can count on my heart lighting up every time I dance with my special folks. The theme of love is evocative & pleasurable to my wheelchair bound dancers, and it is old love songs especially that bring memories to the Alzheimer's group.
The heart for me is most important focus for SP dancers especially in a residential setting. Many of them feel abandoned, many have lost so many loved ones, & stressed staff members don't always have the time or the emotional energy to give the kind of loving attention that their charges are craving. Both groups were uncomfortable & resistant the first time I asked them to spread their heart's love all around the room, directing it to each of their fellow dancers. But now, after just a few classes, they smile and reach out, meeting one another's eyes very willingly. I am always awed by the response to a gentle touch to their shoulders at the end of class as they listen to something lovely and inspiring. They smile, they soften, they sometimes reach up to pat my hand or say "thank you." Everybody waits patiently, eagerly perhaps, for that moment of contact. Heart to heart. ♥