Yoga with Nerry Tolledo at the Gulf News Head Quarter Photographic Studio, Dubai. Photo: Antonin Kélian Kallouche

Dubai-based Yoga Teacher, Nerry Toledo Launches Yoga for People of Determination During Dubai Fitness Challenge 2020

  • “Wheel Power Yoga” – Yoga for wheelchair users
  • “Adapted Yoga” – Yoga for people with special needs or disabilities

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Inspired by her bedridden mother, Nerry Toledo, Dubai-based yoga instructor, is launching “Yoga For ALL” – an inclusive approach to yoga to empower everyone to practice regardless of age, shape, size, ethnicity, level of ability or circumstances. 

When her mother was left paralysed after having a stroke, her path truly came into focus. Nerry decided to be more intentional with her teaching and commit herself to learning how to serve the most under-represented people. 

“The UAE’s yoga scene is thriving, but people with disabilities and long-term illnesses have limited opportunities to learn yoga and benefit from its practice.  I want to address this gap by making yoga for all,” said Nerry Toledo.

 Life has come in so many forms, but beyond the psychological and physiological dimensions, all life is the same.

 “I believe that people, regardless of their age, ability or background, should have access to yoga.  I want to see a woman with a wooden leg to walk into a yoga class. I want to see people in wheelchairs, children and young adult with mental health challenges, people in prisons to practice yoga,” she added.

This Dubai Fitness Challenge, Nerry will run inclusive yoga classes for People of Determination.

 

WHY SHOULD PEOPLE OF DETERMINATION DO YOGA?

Yoga is an ancient practice which involves body and mind to achieve balance and well-being. Practicing yoga can be beneficial for individuals with disabilities or long-term health conditions through both the physical postures and breathwork. Each pose can be modified or adapted to meet the needs of the student.

Yoga for People of Determination is a great opportunity to build a community and meet new friends with similar objectives and progress as a group.

As with any new exercise routine, it is advisable that parent / student should consult with a medical professional first before practicing yoga.

 

Where: Kite Beach, Astral Space 

 

“Wheel Power” – Yoga for people in wheelchairs
Saturday 14th November, 9:30am to 10am 

The focus of wheelchair yoga sequences is the upper body. The twists and bends of the various wheelchair yoga pose work the upper body and core, improving blood flow and stimulating the internal organs.

Getting Started with Wheelchair Yoga

After you have received the ‘all clear’ from your doctor, keep a few safety rules in mind:

  • Always have someone else around, such as a friend, family member or caregiver.
  • Breath normally and steadily throughout your yoga session.
  • Challenge yourself to stretch as much as you can. But only stretch to the point that it is a little uncomfortable, not to the point of pain.
  • If you do feel pain, stop, and consult your doctor.

Space is limited. Those interested in signing up for the free event must register in advance, connect with Nerry by visiting www.nerryfit.com or call +971507478066.

 

 

Yoga For Young Adults With Special Needs
Saturday 21st November, 9:30am to 10am

“Adapted Yoga” for young adults with special needs is a gentle and therapeutic class. Simple and fun programme designed to increase cognitive and motor skills, improve concentration, strength, balance, and posture as well as provide the joy of being in a social but non-competitive class. The stretching, breathwork and singing help promote focus and help students to feel more connected and comfortable within their bodies.  Poses are adapted to meet each student’s needs and capabilities, to meet them where they are, and not focusing on their disabilities but their abilities.

Getting Started with Special Yoga

  • Always have someone else around, such as a family member or caregiver.
  • Breath normally and steadily throughout your yoga session
  • If you do feel pain, stop, and consult your doctor.
  • Bring your own yoga mat, water bottle and towels

Space is limited. Those interested in signing up for the free event must register in advance, connect with Nerry by visiting www.nerryfit.com or call +971507478066.

 

 

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