On Monday, January 10, one of our senior members at the Harbor Steps Dahn Yoga Center realized a long-time dream. She created and facilitated the first-ever class for blind and partially sighted individuals. Ten people (one of whom was wheelchair-bound, and three of whom had guide dogs) participated. Bonnie, the class instructor, masterfully guided non-sighted people through class activities normally designed to be follow-the-instructor teachings. In fact, “follow me” is a common instruction heard in Dahn classes. But not this time!
Bonnie adapted and translated her class to verbally deliver pictures of the various postures and movements. She even practiced with her husband pretending to be blind. Feedback from all the participants except the dogs, was enthusiastic. Some liked the stretching, others the deeper breathing. Some particularly enjoyed Ji-Gam, the feeling of energy between separated palms. All, including the instructor, were delighted with the class.