Yoga for (dis) Ability – Level 1

Yoga Therapy for (dis) Ability Level 1Yoga for (dis) Ability_1

(Neurological Impairment)

Specialised yoga training for graduate yoga teachers

In this 3-day course you will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to teach specialised Yoga for people with neurological impairment. Yoga teachers who complete this course will develop a sound understanding of common neurological conditions and their impact on the body and movement. You will learn to design and teach effective adapted yoga practices for individuals with a neurological impairment. Participants will also have an opportunity to assist two adapted classes, practise their teaching skills and work with case studies.

The course curriculum will cover:

  • Common neurological conditions*: anatomy and physiology and their impact on a yoga practice
  • Teaching the “essence” of traditional asana
  • Principles of adapted yoga
  • Safe student transfers and manual handling
  • Cueing for cognitive impairment
  • Working with people who have a disability
  • Evidence based approach to an adapted yoga practice

(* eg. Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injury)

Course Details

Pre-requisites:  Qualified Yoga Teacher (Yoga Australia level 1 or equivalent) or eligible Yoga Australia member

Dates: 2017 dates TBC


Sat 10:30 am to 6:30 pm
Sun 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Mon 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: Saturday – Sunday – The Yoga Institute, Cammeray / Monday Royal Rehab Community Hall, Ryde

Cost: $590

Teacher: Lisa Bidgood and Faculty

About the Presenters

Lisa Bidgood. As an Occupational Therapist working in the area of neurology for over a decade, it was a chance discussion with one of her patients that changed the course of her life! Embarking on a journey to combine her love of yoga and rehabilitation she enrolled in a 200-hour yoga teacher certification (specifically to teach students who have a neurological impairment). The past few years has seen her study extensively in the area of yoga for trauma and disability in the USA.

A typical class with Lisa is a mindful journey filled with a fusion of humour, non-judgmental teaching style, compassion-centered philosophy and peaceful energy.

Lisa currently teaches classes for those with a disability at several NSW Health Centres and within the Department of Defence. 


Matthew Sanford is a US based Author, Public Speaker and Yoga Teacher. He will be joining us via Skype to deliver a keynote as part of the workshop.
“It took a devastating car accident, paralysis from the chest down, and dependence on a wheelchair before I truly realized the importance of waking both my mind and my body.”
Philippa Star, Physiotherapist
Philippa Star is a physiotherapist who graduated from Charles Sturt University, Albury. She is currently undertaking further education by completing her Masters of Public Health through the University of NSW. As a physiotherapist, Philippa has had experience working in a range of different areas, however her main interest is in neurological rehabilitation, in particular traumatic brain injury and stroke. She is currently working in rehabilitation at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Philippa also worked in neurological rehabilitation in the United Kingdom for 2 years. Outside of physiotherapy, Philippa is keen social Netballer and tennis player and loves to travel.

Yoga teachers attending this course can earn 18 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points towards their Yoga Australia membership.


More Information:

Kirstie Christensen
Ph: (02) 9929 2774

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