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Cathy, yoga on paddleboard

Cathy, yoga on paddleboard

Yoga for Deaf, and Hearing Impaired in American Sign Language (ASL) with a deaf instructor.

In general yoga (without ASL/deaf yoga teacher), many deaf students are not comfortable in class because teacher is not conscious of needs for deaf yoga students.

For example, teacher instructs to meditate and close eyes. Often teacher forgets about the deaf students meditating (with eyes closed), and continues talking, or starts talking without first tapping deaf students gently on arm or shoulder. Then hits (not very gentle) on arm of the deaf students to get attention (because deaf student can’t “hear” with eyes closed). But the student is often startled (after trying to relax and be calm with eyes closed).