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Yoga instructor redefines ability and disability

Matthew Sanford was 13 when the car accident that killed his father and sister left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Today, he is a leading expert on mind-body transformations for people living with a disability.

“I tried to live with my disability for 12 years, constantly trying to overcome my body,” Sanford said, “but then I discovered yoga, and I found a new level of sensation that I never knew I had, even before my accident.”

He organized the Mind-Body Solutions charity with the aim to create a new type of yoga for victims of traumatic and disabling accidents.

“When I started, there was no yoga for paraplegic people. Basically, we had to create an entire new routine geared to specific people with specific injuries.”

Sanford’s charity operates a yoga studio in Minneapolis that teaches not just victims of traumatic experiences but their caregivers as well. His goal is to transform the recovery and physical therapy process by helping people realize the connections between their mind and body.

Read more here: Yoga instructor redefines ability and disability | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com.

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