Joshua Dueck teaches adaptable yoga. He was a freestyle skier and coach before he broke his back on a ski jump. Since then he has become a Gold and Silver medalist in several Paralympic games. He decided he wanted to become a certified yoga teacher, and after his training completed, I asked him how he felt now about offering yoga classes. Here is what Josh had to say.
Yoga teacher training has been a goal of mine for years, primarily to deepen my personal practice. Since first starting my practice in 2005, I have found it hard to find a studio or class that is suitable for my mobility, furthermore the great challenge has been to find a teacher who has experience or willingness to explore adaptable yoga, or yoga for all humanity.
Undergoing the intensive training with SOYA has been mind expanding, heart melting and physically stimulating in ways indescribable. What I can say is that the feeling of joy is radiant, and has been much easier to process and share than any of my successes in sport.
My primary focus as a teacher is to continue to live my practice and allow the yoga to do the real work; which is realizing the value of alignment, direction and purpose for those interested in deepening their mind body relationship.
The community I am most drawn to work in is with people going through transition, primarily life altering injury. The transformation effects of yoga are profound on many levels, perhaps most notable on the subtle body.
When a person experiences the neurological defects that come with Spinal Cord Injury, they often lose or disconnect with the parts of the body that fall below perceived sensation. The subtle or energetic body however is still intact and to see a person reconnect with their entire experience is expansive and uplifting. In other words a person paralyzed may shift from feeling a prisoner in their body (surviving) toward a place of curiosity and excitement with their body (thriving). Imagine the possibilities.
Being able to articulate and facilitate the tools for self-realization is a true gift. My deepest thanks and sincere appreciation for those at SOYA and their teachers, for gifting the ability to share. A fire has been lit within and I am really excited to be a part of the tribe that is, locally and globally – Joshua P. Dueck
Joshua Dueck, SOYA200
Freedom Movement Inc.
Joshua is a certified yoga teacher, athlete and an inspiration! He teaches adaptable yoga in Vernon, BC