ASLYoga.com has a simple goal of increasing accessability for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community to experience Yoga, an ancient healing art which maintains health, reduces stress and helps calm the mind.
ASLYoga.com is proud to announce our latest Free ASL Yoga program that allows members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community to take Yoga classes free of charge. Many classes are offered throughout the week for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people to choose from. The classes (formerly at Healing in Yoga) were held at the Austin Kula Yoga Center in Austin, Texas. We pair up the yoga student with an ASL interpreter or a ASL student for the class. Interpreters/signers are volunteers with some of the interpreters being certified and some being students - many come from Austin Community College's American Sign Language and Interpreter Preparation Program in their final stages of obtaining certification. Together we are making this a great opportunity for everyone to explore the many joys and benefits of Yoga.
How do I join?
Individuals interested in taking classes at no cost please contact us at info@ASLYoga.com. PLEASE include the info from the form below. The Free ASL Yoga classes are open to both adults and youth 14-17 years old accompanied by a parent.
All Levels Hatha yoga seeks to balance the body and mind through movement, breath work, and mental focus. Regular practice results in improved strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and circulation. Hatha is a broad genre and teachers' styles differ. See website for individual teacher biographies. Beginners welcome.
Hip Hop Yoga Hip Hop Yoga is a Vinyasa Flow class accompanied by contemporary music. A great way to work up a sweat with a high-energy workout. No dancing skills required, although you might find yourself wanting to dance in Warrior! Intermediate to Advanced
Yin yoga creates ease of movement with an emphasis on the the lower spine, hips, legs and feet. Poses are held for 3-10 minutes reclining in a relaxed state and coupled with breathing and mindfulness concentration techniques for managing pain, anxiety, ptsd, insomnia and fatigue.
Restorative Yoga incorporates the use of props such as bolsters, blocks, and blankets to support the body in various poses. Supported postures are held longer to encourage deep relaxation and healing. This type of yoga is beneficial for stress reduction, insomnia, menopausal symptoms, chronic fatigue, injury recovery, and much more. Beginners welcome
Early Risers is a class to wake up your body and mind. The class combines a gentle warm up to wake the body and breath, moving into sun salutations and a flow that will start your day off right. Mixed level class.
Yoga? Why? Who?
What is Yoga?
The word Yoga is an ancient sanskrit word that means "yoke" or "union" - that which connects. In the western world Yoga usually refers to the ancient healing art practice that maintains health of the Body, Mind and Spirit. It is not a religion and does not require any specific beliefs. It is simply a great way of finding a connection within yourself to live healthy in body, mind and spirit. From there it is your choice what you want to do!
Why in ASL?
Simply put ASL (American Sign Language) is the native language of many Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. ASL gives these people the opportunity to better understand this ancient healing art that started in India and persists across the world today as one of the best ways of maintaining health, reducing stress, and calming the mind.
What is ASLYoga.com about?
ASLYoga.com has a simple goal of increasing accessability for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community to Yoga, an ancient healing art which maintains health, reduces stress and helps calm the mind. We are doing this through whatever creative innovative ways that are available. Our first big project is the Free ASL Yoga program created to allow access for people from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community to experience and learn yoga regardless of economic barriers that often exist within our society.
Can you tell me more about Austin Kula Yoga?
Yes! Please visit their website http://www.austinkulayoga.com for details on this wonderful center hosting ASLYoga Classes. The teachers that are truly helping connect us all through graciously opening up their doors to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. [google map]
Can you tell me more about ACC Interpreter Preparation Program?
"Asana" is the Sanskrit word for "Posture" (Glossary of Asana Names). These postures are the major part of what is taught in a Yoga class here in western society. These postures are well known my western medical science to help strengthen the body and calm the mind while relieving stress.