A tale of patience and perserverance…..

This is a story of overcoming a different sort of obstacle in one of my yoga classes.

I have talked before about a group of young adults that I work with twice a week. They all have different levels of not only physical ability but also in their ability to communicate. A fairly recent addition to the group is a young man who I have learned lives with cystic fibrosis.  He usually just sits in his chair or in a comfy recliner while the rest of us get our stretch on!!

The make up of the group has changed recently and I have had to work extra hard to keep them  engaged in yoga.  Sometimes in this afternoon class my biggest challenge is to keep everyone awake.  This week I decided instead of sitting on our yoga mats we would sit in chairs. Sometimes sitting on the floor quickly leads to lying down on the floor and then to napping!!

Back to my friend in the wheelchair….a little background there.  The first time I met him, I walked into the room and he very LOUDLY declared…”GET OUT!”  I must admit it was very intimidating.  Over several weeks I made sure I greeted him and didn’t let his very obvious dislike someone new in his space bother me.   We have been making progress recently.  I have even gotten a hug and boy is he strong!!  🙂

Today when I arrived I was told he didn’t want to do yoga today.  So I said OK and continued to  set up and proceed with my chair class.  A few minutes into class I could tell he was paying attention so I asked him if he wanted to join us.  He immediately began to try to make his way from his recliner to his wheelchair.  Someone helped him to a spot right in front of me and he participated in everything we did!!!

At the end of our class I got an “I love you” and a big hug!!  He moved more in that 20-30 minutes then I have ever seen him move previously.  I look forward to building this relationship.

From now on I  will spend the first part of my class on chair yoga and while that group relaxes in sivasana I will work on Sun Salutations with my one student there who appreciates a more active practice.  With this group that may work for a week, it may work for a month. I will continue to be patient and grow along with them.

Today’s Gatha:

I enter this exercise with awareness,  Such exercise joins mind and body.  To strengthen my mind, I must strengthen my muscles.  Exercise is a blessing for the whole day.




1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. inspiredrobyn
    Dec 03, 2014 @ 05:20:41

    What a beautiful and inspiring story. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.


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