Yoga After Paralysis

Tiffany Joiner describes how she returned to her yoga mat after falling from a balcony and suffering 80% paralysis of her legs

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Ready for some Wednesday inspiration?! This video should certainly do the trick. Tiffany Joiner describes her legs as “80 per cent paralysed” due to a balcony fall six years ago. It took a long time for the former yoga teacher to get "back on the mat" but now her Instagram photos and videos have earned the UK-based American a loyal following by disabled "yogis". Her handle is @yogaplegic.

Watch the video to find out why she duct tapes her feet together before practicing, how a year of solo travel around Latin America helped her recovery and what advice she'd give to other disabled people keen to try yoga or another physical activity. Namaste.

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS