Mind Body Solutions, a leader in integrated health movement, is excited to announce that it will be offering training in partnership with Disabled Sports USA’s Adapt2Achieve program with support from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The 2020 campaign will launch December 10th 2019, at The Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, Colorado, with a special presentation by Matthew Sanford, founder of Mind Body Solutions. The Hartford Ski Spectacular is one of the nation’s largest winter sports festivals for people with disabilities, with more than 800 registered participants annually. For the first time in the event’s 32 year history, yoga will be featured alongside other sport activities including skiing, snowboarding, Nordic, wheelchair curling, and sled hockey. www.disabledsportsusa.org/skispec

In addition to leading yoga sessions at the Breckenridge event, Matthew Sanford will also be teaching a PSIA-AASI National Adaptive Academy free continuing education seminar to help adaptive snowsports instructors learn how they can foster a culture of mind/body awareness to improve athlete performance.

With a goal of making yoga more accessible for disabled veterans, the 2020 campaign will provide free training to healthcare staff, yoga instructors, and other adaptive sport providers who serve disabled veterans. The trainings are based on the insights and firsthand experience of Sanford, who has lived with a spinal cord injury for 41 years and is a leading voice in adaptive yoga.

An innovative 2-day workshop, “Yoga as a Complementary Approach to Whole Health Living” will be delivered at 6 VA Medical Centers nationwide. In this interactive, experiential workshop, attendees will explore yoga as a modality to help people live a more embodied life and apply yogic principles to become a more effective provider that is resistant to the strains of “compassion fatigue.” Funding is also available for equipment grants and scholarships to support current yoga instructors who wish to pursue advanced training.

In this unique workshop, you’ll learn mind-body movement techniques for your own practice and at the same time, acquire skills to help clients reduce pain, calm anxiety, increase mobility and independence, all while creating a sense of community.

~ Amy Samson-Burke, Director of Programs, Mind Body Solutions.

For more information about the training, visit www.disabledsportsusa.org/yogatraining.

Adapt2Achieve, a program of Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), promotes inclusion in sports and recreation by offering customized adaptive sport guidelines and training content for sports and community organizations. Over 100 trainings have been offered since 2009 in more than 31 states across the country.

These programs are funded, in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not signify VA endorsement.