Class yesterday was terrific!! I have been working with the group on a seated Sun Salutation series. Yesterday, we did the series both seated and standing. And they did great! If they got tired, they sat down and followed along doing the seated version of the poses; so everyone was able to participate at their level. We also did Warrior I, and they did great!! So next week I am going to add Warrior II and maybe a few other standing positions.
I was also able to identify a couple of places where we need to do some additional strength building; so next week I’ll work in some poses to address those issues.
I am moving forward in my “master plan” as well. I have decided to focus developing my teaching to three groups: (1) individuals with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease; (2) caregivers; and (3) “teams” of each segment. I would like to go to retirement centers for the first group (as I am doing now with Heather Heights of Pittsford); I would like to offer gentle and restorative yoga to caregivers, in order to give them a break, and some peace and quiet; and I’m thinking of offering some type of program where the caregiver and the individual with dementia actually practice together. I would think this would offer a great “team building” experience for them if they participate in something together. This idea may not be feasible at all, but as I learn more, I’ll be able to either develop or dismiss this possible program.
I start my training with the Alzheimer’s Association next week, and hopefully I’ll be able to add more substantive information to this blog going forward. But for now, my teaching experience is showing me that these individuals are enjoying the practice and are getting stronger and more confident each week and more willing to try new things. And I’m loving every minute of it.