Yoga originated in India, but there are many variations of both activities that are practiced across the world today. Yoga didn’t gain popularity in North America until the 1980’s but it’s now firmly rooted in the Canadian lexicon thanks to our PM Justin Trudeau.
Yoga can be practiced anywhere there is enough room to stretch out and there is a flat surface to sit or lie on: studio, house, park, dock, etc.
How to play: Yoga is typically guided by an instructor who leads the class through a set of movements and/or exercises to offer students stress-relief, increased flexibility and strength. The best part is that yoga is friendly to people of all ages, abilities and skill levels, which makes it awesome. Some of the different styles of yoga include: Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kripalu Kundalini, laughter and acro yoga. The best way to participate is to find a class and give it a try.
- Yoga mat
- Comfortable clothing
Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.
For individuals with a visual impairment, provide verbal instruction or use a yoga instructional audio recording for participants to follow along. Provide tactile cues on the floor or yoga mat to define area. The person with a visual impairment should be positioned close to the instructor.
Demonstrate movements in front of the class for participants who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Participate in pairs.
Introduce partner yoga, where two participants work together to achieve a movement task or stretch.
Set up stations for the participants to circulate through. Each station should have one to two yoga poses for participants to practice for a set amount of time.
Ensure there are signs with pictures and written descriptions of how to execute each pose included in the lesson.
Design yoga programs to include a significant amount of mindfulness activities as well as physical activities to maximize participation and achieve the relaxing effect of yoga.
Consider seated yoga, pairing up individuals and adjust the activities to the skill level of the participants.