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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sign Language Resources on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga

explained in BSL by Rebecca Withey

I've heard from several teachers that they've had trouble finding sign-language resources on mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.  Here's a list of resources you might find useful; most of them were suggested by the d/Deaf and sign-proficient contributors to last week's post on Tips for Including Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students in Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga Classes.  

International Resources

Directory of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Yoga Instructors in Australia, Denmark, Germany, the US, and the UK.

Australian Sign Language (Auslan) 

Hatha Yoga Accessible DVD:  The above video is a trailer for a DVD using visual yogic poses taught by qualified Deaf instructor Karli Dettman, in Auslan with English captions.

In the above video, Karli Dettman explains how to How to do practice Mindfulness/ Meditation For Deaf Community? 
Karli Dettman offers yoga classes at Karli Health Center in Blackburn, Victoria.

Yoga4Deaf holds deaf friendly vinyasa yoga classes in Miami, Queensland.

British Sign Language (BSL) 

In the above video, Ben Fletcher explains How to Meditate.
How to Be Mindful: A Guide in (British) Sign Language includes four videos by Rebecca Withey.
Rebecca Withey has additional 'Mindfulness Tips for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing People Starting Meditation' at her blog and at The Limping Chicken

American Sign Language (ASL)

Mindfulness and Meditation 
Rachel Postovoit, LCSW, MS, offers workshops and individual consultations through A.M.A.S.: Mindfulness, Adaptability, Sustainability in ASL.  She can be reached at postovoit.rach[at]gmail[dot]com or by videophone at (818) 641- 5651.  
There is an ASL-interpreted meditation class every month with Tara Brach in Bethesda, MD (near Washington, DC).
The Deaf Mindfulness in the Bay Area Facebook group "is a public forum to discuss mindfulness, to ask questions and share ideas, and to learn about [San Francisco] Bay Area mindfulness events that have ASL interpreters and are fully accessible to the Deaf."
No Barriers Zen Temple: Rev. Ōshin Jennings, Hoshi, is "possibly the first ever Deaf Zen Buddhist priest...As part of his vision of accessibility he founded No Barriers Zen to provide accessible meditation to the Greater Washington, D.C. area."

Yoga in ASL

Yoga videos in ASL by Deaf certified instructor Beverly Hanyzewski.  (The video above shows how to do sun salutations.) has a list of ASL-fluent yoga instructors in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and a list of Deaf-friendly yoga studios in the U.S.
Deafhood Yoga has resources and online classes in ASL.
DeafYoga Facebook group "is a Community page for all those that love doing YOGA. As many of us enjoy the benefits of YOGA, we work to create a community and work towards Access to the many YOGA practices available in the MidWest."
DeafYoga Foundation is a nonprofit organization who's mission is to share yoga, mindfulness, and wellness with the ever-growing ASL yoga community."
DeafYoga and Life Retreats "empower you to lead a healthy and fulfilling life with skills and techniques through activities of yoga and life coaching."