I love being a student. It invigorates and deepens my practice. This fall I studied adaptive yoga with Matthew Sanford at the Mind Body Solutions studio in Minneapolis. Matthew has sought healing in his own life and others after suffering a life-changing injury at the age of 13. A car accident stole the lives of his father and sister, spared his mother and brother, and left him paralyzed from the waist down.
As he shares in his memoir, Waking, and discussed during our weeklong teacher training, the trauma continued as well-intentioned medical professionals told him again and again what he could NOT do or feel in his body ever again. With an emphasis on developing strength and size in his upper body, the message he kept hearing was that his lower body was essentially dead, to be forgotten. Only with the guidance of a skilled Iyengar yoga teacher did Matthew cultivate inner awareness of sensation throughout his body and find purpose teaching others to do the same.