“My name is Matt. My legs are a little skinnier than many,” admits Matthew Sanford, a complete stranger to the wide-eyed youngsters in wheelchairs and hospital beds assembled in the auditorium of Chicago’s Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The young onlookers, all with disabilities, know nothing about the yoga this 45-year-old’s about to teach them. What they know — instantly — is that Sanford is one of them because he’s instructing from a wheelchair.
Affectionately calling his audience his “tribe,” Sanford guides his wheelchair to each patient to thoughtfully inquire about his or her disability (“What’s going on?” “What have you been told?”).