Can Yoga help people with support needs ?
Frontier Support’s new CEO, Rob Anscomb-Gates, explains his love of Yoga and his ambition to use it to help people with support needs such as Autism and Aspergers.
“I’m a passionate yogi and have practiced for the past ten years. It actually started as a new year’s resolution and was the only one that stuck! I went along to a local class and was extremely lucky to find an amazing teacher who embraced the ‘yogic’ way of living; the most obvious characteristics being her generosity and kindness. So I was hooked.
Like most people, I began practicing yoga mainly for the physical benefits of maintaining a good level of fitness and keeping my weight under control. However yoga is a bit like planting a seed and, bit by bit, you grow as you gain knowledge and awareness of the wider benefits. Today, I practice yoga primarily for my connection to others. It helps me to self-manage any stress I may feel, helps boost my confidence, improves my memory, relieves tension and helps me improve flexibility. But most importantly it’s fun.
I become a yoga teacher in March of this year and have taught a few classes already, balancing a full time role and finding a time to teach will be a challenge but I’m hoping that in the New Year I can set up a regular class. My longer term ambition is to teach yoga to people with support needs such as Autism and a whole range of health issues and disabilities. I’m really passionate about giving people the tools to self-manage rather than be reliant on a doctor to prescribe medication and I believe yoga is one possible vehicle of self-discovery.