Children, youth and adults with disabilities can dance and stretch their way to health and fitness: Two new adapted recreation programs offered in Kelowna by the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC
October 2, 2017 – Children and youth with disabilities can add a bit more activity and wellness into their daily lives, thanks to two new, free adapted recreation programs launching in Kelowna this week.
The “enlivening power of dance” touches children and youth with cerebral palsy and other disabilities through Dance Without Limits, a free and inclusive program delivered by the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia (CPABC). Dance Without Limits offers a safe, active environment for individuals with various disabilities to have fun while exploring dance, creative movement and games. Drop-ins, parents and caregivers are welcome.
Adapted Yoga is a safe, calm space for youth and adults with physical disabilities to practice meditative breathing and movement. Participants experience increased flexibility and muscle strength. Yoga promotes relaxation, stress reduction and anxiety reduction, which in turn promotes general well-being. Taking part in a one-hour dance or yoga class can provide as much exercise as an equivalent amount of time with a physiotherapist, but is much more fun. Group classes encourage inclusion, connection and social wellbeing.
CPABC currently delivers the programs in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Participants report greater physical fitness levels, self-esteem and confidence. Siblings are invited to take part, and friendships often form between students and between parents. Both programs will launch in Kelowna on October 5 at Starbright Children’s Development Center. All ages are welcome.
Vashti Sullivan, who will be instructing the Adapted Yoga program in Kelowna, says, “To me, yoga is the journey back to self. Adapted yoga breaks down barriers to ensure that all participants can have an equal opportunity to get to know and explore their body safely.”
CPABC executive director Feri Dehdar says, “The programs provide fantastic opportunities for people with disabilities of all ages. Our programming is innovative and fun, while touching on many social needs within the disability community.”
Both programs run from October 5 to November 16, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, at Starbright Children’s Development Centre, 1546 Bernard Ave, Kelowna (Map).
Feri Dehdar, Executive Director
Cerebral Palsy Association of BC
(604) 408-9484, 1-800-663-0004
The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC was started in 1954 by a group of parents who wanted to assist their children living with CP to reach their maximum potential within society. We provide support, education, and information throughout BC. Our Mission is: To raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy in the community; To assist those living with Cerebral Palsy to reach their maximum potential; and To work to see those living with Cerebral Palsy recognize their place as equals in a diverse society.