GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Yoga is for all ages, fitness levels, body types and mobility levels. Fitness Expert Chris Freytag recently sat down with Matthew Sanford, a nationally recognized paralyzed yoga instructor, author, and founder of the non-profit Mind Body Solutions, and talked about how yoga changed Sanford's life, and how it can change others.
Paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident at age 13, Sanford turned his unique experience with yoga and paralysis into a groundbreaking mind-body approach to living with limited mobility, whether it's the result of paralysis, traumatic brain injury, aging, side effects from diabetes, or any other condition causing restricted movement.
Sanford's DVD "Beyond Disability: A Yoga Practice with Matthew Sanford," allows individuals at home, in rehabilitation centers, and senior living facilities the opportunity to learn first-hand the healing power of yoga.
Through a combination of instruction and stories, viewers will explore the sensations of grounding, balance, expansion and rhythm in a seated practice for people of all abilities.
Tiffiny Carlson appears in the DVD. Carlson was injured at 14 in a diving accident and is a student of Sanford's. Carlson says, "Yoga gave back to me something you'd never expect with a spinal cord injury, the joy of moving my body. I may not be able to walk, but I've now learned how to access sensations that I never thought possible and have a greater inward awareness."
For more information on Sanford's nonprofit, DVD and workshops, go to www.mindbodysolutions.org.