Maria Gunstone

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Maria Gunstone

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Maria Gunstone

Therapeutic yoga for disabled people

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1984

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South East

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Biography

I am the author and founder of YOU and ME Yoga, a system of yoga for teaching people with special needs. This was inspired by my recovery, due to yoga therapy, after a serious car accident. My Churchill Fellowship in 1984 was to investigate the therapeutic value of yoga for disabled people in India. I travelled all over India, meeting, and studying with, some of the most eminent yoga masters and special educators. On my return to the UK, I published my Fellow's Report and produced a 30-minute video on Yoga Therapy and Special Education in India. Using my experiences and knowledge, I devised the YOU and ME Yoga system in 1988, with the aim of improving a person's quality of life. My published works include books, CDs, DVDs and training manuals. During the early 1090s, I established the first PVQ Yoga-certificated programme for adults and children with learning difficulties, and for their staff, Level 1, 2 and 3 courses, approved by the Open University and accredited by the Open College of the North West. I have taught my system to more than 2,500 staff working in Special Needs with all age groups throughout the UK and abroad. I am available to offer consultation in YOU and ME Yoga.

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