I hope you are as thrilled as I am to learn that we have  launched our new course in this discipline.

This is a new field,  and because of privacy issues I can’t put up a photograph of my classes.

We are not talking about the guys in the Invictus Games, although I would love to teach them yoga, I am talking about people who are disabled in the mind, neuro compromised as well as in the body.  People who perhaps have never been out of a wheelchair, or who have been so badly injured they may never now leave its confines.

Can you imagine teaching these wonderful folk yoga?  Patanjali said that all you need to learn yoga is a responsive mind –  with my clients, what you see may not be what is actually happening.  Just a change of expression, a movement, a word that may or not make sense, all these can indicate yoga happening somewhere we may never go.

To understand this read “THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY”.  The story about a man who had a severe stroke, was trapped in his body with only the use of one eyelid, who in spite of this dictated a book.


YOGA FOR WALKERS AND WHEELIES – at the Norma Richardson Hall, every Wednesday from 9.30am to 11am….  starting Wednesday the 17th July.



……… is a wonderful way to address and balance many issues, including physical, mental and emotional in the HIGH NEEDS COMMUNITY.

……… uses simple movements and postures that facilitate the passive release of tension stored in the body, activates that parasympathetic nervous system, and allows for deep, nourishing rest.

Many people confuse CHAIR YOGA and YOGA FOR DISABILITY ( what we like to call diversability).


Course Overview

This course is suitable for both teachers and practitioners. The course is taught from a Manual containing 8 Distance Modules at the end of the appropriate chapters. And a mentoring style zoom platform so you can immerse yourself in this discipline, and discuss the issues that arise, as they arise. .

Zoom sessions will also address teaching methodology and the anatomical aspects of DISABILITY YOGA .

You will learn how to correctly use props, set up the postures and how to sequence classes or your own personal practice for maximum benefit. A key focus will be on how to structure a class and how to guide students through the practice with your voice and gestures.

Course Content

There are THREE  components to the course

  1. The Manual. This is provided as a PDF on sign-up.
  2. The zoom sessions. These are 5 weekly sessions – you will need to attend all of them to get your Certificate. (Starting 12th June ’24)
  3. Distance Education Course. The questions are at the end of each chapter of the book and the answers need to be emailed weekly.  These will be addressed at the zoom sessions.
  • Learn to practice and teach a range of key “DISABILTY” movements and variations
  • Learn the benefits, contraindications and variations of each pose
  • Be guided in the correct use of props, aids, chairs and how to offer modifications
  • Explore the background, theory and benefits of YOGA FOR DISABILITY
  • Learn how to structure a class and ways to sequence sessions effectively
  • Develop skills to guide students in to poses through using demonstrations, verbal instructions and gestures – all very different for High Needs Students.
  • Keeping good (clinical) records
  • Learning about the NDIS system (ID, Provider, Un-registered provider) and Cert IV

To register your interest or speak with me on zoom, please email me on yogafirst2@bigpond.com     You can also subscribe to our newsletter/blog to keep in the loop.


INFORMATION – email me any time to register your interest, or to ask questions.



WINDARRING CLASSES (not open to the public – unless you are a client of Windarring) Tues, Thursdays and Fridays.

STUDIO CLASSES: Open to the public – 37 Morris Road Woodend.  Mondays 1pm Wednesday 1pm and  Friday at 10am Restorative  and other classes as the need arises.  Private (one-on-one always available).

We are working on providing a special yoga class available to the public called “Walkers and Wheelies” Yoga class which will essentially be a “relative” of Disability Yoga.  Hopefully this will be available in term three and four.


NDIS:  If you are an NDIS Client, you can apply to your Plan Manager to include these classes in your plan.
They are listed with the NDIS under the category –  “Innovative Community Participation”



Namaste – Jahne

I will see you on the mat.