Culturally Responsive and Trauma Informed Practices Benefits All Participants
The problem in the disability community (seen and unseen disabilities) is that it continues to be isolated from the quality and meaningful mental health providers and community connections alongside a multitude of health disparities that include lack of transportation, financial instability, discrimination, etc., heightened for the Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (QTBIPOC) disabled communities.
From a spiritual standpoint, Yoga is a philosophy connected to the Hindu and Buddhist practice of obtaining enlightenment in order to move beyond the cycles of karma which tether us to life on Earth, separated from the Divine Source. Yoga is about Freedom.
No matter which perspective a practitioner takes, Yoga is always an indigenous practice at its core, founded on the philosophy of how a human should conduct their life. Yoga is NOT a workout.
Radical AwarenessGBH is highly sensitive to the needs and experiences of everybody that rolls through our door. Our staff are trained in communication, skilled guidance, and understanding that no two people are the same. We have a commitment to ethics and transparency in our offerings.
OpennessWe honor the teacher in all things. Through our dedication to awareness we are constantly learning from our students. This open hearted partnership makes GBH a more compassionate community.
Empowerment Through ChoiceGBH programming is trauma informed with an emphasis on language and guidance that supports choice and exploration. Guided accessible movement is offered at a pace that allows students to maintain balance with safer transitions throughout class.
Types of Classes
All Abilities Yoga
Yoga for everyBODY
This class allows all experiences and abilities to practice together in a supportive, inclusive community.
Seated and Accessible Yoga poses
Movement is also an essential practice for physical fitness to increase fine and gross motor skills, strengthen and lengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and move stagnant emotions and energies out of our bodies. Every pose we offer is with choice and options to assist in safe, confident-building practice and is inclusive to all body types and abilities.
Yoga for Amputees
This adaptive Yoga class is for amputees who want to learn how they can benefit from yoga- to quiet the mind, empower themselves with a renewed sense of purpose, gain back their independence and be a part of a community. We will work on strengthening the body and the mind to feel at home within oneself: body, mind, and spirit. Based on Marsha Danzig’s 40+ years of work and teaching, we are honored to offer this class to our community.
Yoga for the Special Child
Classes are gentle and therapeutic. They are safe for babies and children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Autism, and other developmental disabilities, as well as for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities. These classes are intended for children 0 to 12 years of age and/or Developmental Age.
We are proud to share the impact that a few of our community members have shared with us here.
Mindful Grieving Program
GBH and the Mindful Grieving program has been quintessential to my healing journey, since the loss of my Father in late 2020. I would not be where I am today without the patience and guidance of Rachel, GBH facilitator. I absolutely loved this group, this experience and all the conversations we had and the human connections we built – so much so, I completed the program twice. Rachel: thank you for teaching me how important and vital, challenge AND deep, heart centered connection is in grief, showing me how to cry and the bittersweet beauty that is life and loss. Namaste.
-Anonymous Mindful Grieving Participant.
PASSION YOGA OF MY LIFE APRIL 22, 2022
The Passion of yoga class in my life is like a rainbow in the sky with
Stars above feelings of joy and happiness that brightening my Day
At The Yoga Class Studio with each person I meet. I am like a beautiful person inside my heart each day that go by is new day with sunshine on nice day of adventure in the park with kindness as your strength self control is the key in out lives try something new and go for it don’t be afraid meet someone and smile always your dreams come true with that special person in your life Pretty Flowers that rain like rain showers of Spring and Summer.
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