UDyoga™ = Universal Design for Yoga: an approach that makes yoga available to everyone, period.
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Ourconcept looks at physical studio space, emotional environment, instructor attitudes and teaching techniques. UDyoga promotes the idea that "if you have a mind and you have a body, U can Do YOGA™."
Natasha Baebler, the founder of UDyoga, is an individual with multiple disabilities, a Rehabilitation Counselor, and Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Through her practice, Natasha recognized barriers to full access. First physical, and later instructional. Teacher training programs discuss welcoming all students into class. Yet, few teachers are equipped with the skills necessary to provide a full yogic experience to all students.
UDyoga advocates for all students of yoga regardless of what they bring to the mat. A student who uses a wheelchair should be able to have a full personal yoga experience in the same studio, the same class, and with the same teacher as a student who can sustain a complicated balancing pose.
UDyoga is about opening yoga to anyone who wants to experience its benefits. This means braking down physical barriers and ensuring Yoga is offered in physically accessible spaces, opening minds and providing tools for yoga teachers to work with any student who enters their class, and helping students recognize that they want to experience yoga, there is a teacher willing to teach them.
Kidding Around Yoga & Pre-KAY (2015)
Opening Yoga (2015)
Opening Yoga Teacher Training by Matthew Sanford (2015, Santa Barbara, CA.)
First Annual Accessible Yoga Conference (2015, Santa Barbara, CA.)
Online Kidding Around Yoga/Pre-KAY Teacher Training (2015)
2nd Annual Accessible Yoga Conference (2016, Santa Barbara, CA.)
Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Pam Schulte (in progress 2016)
MA, Rehabilitation Counseling, Maryville University
MAT, Special Education, Webster University
BA, Saint Louis University
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