class-twistVirtual Disability Yoga Class
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As with most in-person activities in the Bay Area, our classes have gone virtual until further notice. 

For virtual class registration, please click here.

Currently, these classes are attended by a wide variety of students, some who arrive in wheelchairs, using walkers, canes, or crutches as well as those with invisible special needs.  Adults of all ages, genders, and ethnicities (Filipino-American, Indian – both American and Asian – African-American, Japanese-American) currently attend our classes.  Our teachers, assistants, and volunteers are equally as varied. Among our current students are, paraplegics, many with esoteric autoimmune diseases, others who have post-polio syndrome, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia, osteogenesis imperfecta, scleroderma, hip or knee replacements, cancer, traumatic brain injury, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy and other side effects from diabetes.  The majority of these students are dealing with a great deal of stress in their everyday lives. The program includes the following classes: 

Day Time Class Location Fee Registration Links
Wednesday 10:00 - 11:15 am Yoga for Developmental Disabilities Virtual Free*  
Thursday 2:00 - 3:30 pm Yoga for People with Disabilities & Chronic Conditions Virtual Sliding Scale** Register
Saturday 3:00 - 4:30 pm Yoga for People with Disabilities & Chronic Conditions Virtual Sliding Scale** Register
*Clausen House classes are offered to participants of the Wellness Program and participation is at the discretion of the management.

**Nest Yoga (formerly You and the Mat), Oakland (4250 Piedmont Ave) classes are public offerings and the sliding scale is as follows: Full class price is $15 for a single class, $50 for a series of 4 classes, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Nest Yoga, Oakland
3976 Piedmont Ave., Oakland 
Thursdays from 2:00-3:30 pm 
$15 single, $50 series of 4 (sliding scale available)
Teacher: JoAnn Lyons
Assistant: Aileen Kim 

This asana class is for anyone with a physical disability. Students who have some yoga experience as well as those new to the practice are welcome. We will practice meditation, breathing, and yoga asana with the use of props. If you are severely limited in your movements, you may want to bring a friend or attendant to assist you to enhance your experience. 

Nest Yoga, Oakland
3976  Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Saturdays from 2:45-4:15 pm
$15 single, $50 series of 4 (sliding scale available)
Teacher: JoAnn Lyons
Assistants: Rushina Patel & Firat Yener

In this class, you will learn to adapt popular yoga asanas for your individual needs, work with the breath for healing and calming, and adjust your yoga practice to where you are in the moment.  There will be gentle movement, floor work, and supported standing poses as well as restorative poses. This class is for you...
- If you are recovering from an accident or illness
- If you have carpal tunnel syndrome
- If you have a mild case of MS or CP
- If you live with chronic pain
- If you have arthritis, fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- All of the above, or other chronic conditions 

Clausen House
650 Grand Ave., Oakland
Wednesdays from 10:00-11:15 am
Teacher: Lin Maxwell
Assistant: Elle Vayers-Johnson

A class incorporating chair yoga. Clausen House classes are offered to participants of the Wellness Program and participation is at the discretion of the management

In the classes below, we demonstrate different activities for those with varying levels of ability and mobility. 

As with any activity please consult your health care provider to ensure that you can safely participate in these activities.


NOTE:  On a mobile device the embedded videos linked below may not show up.  If that's the case, try rotating your phone to landcape rather than portrait mode.  The video player only shows up if the screen is wide enough. 


Class 1: Twists

Class 2: Chair


Thanksgiving Benefit Class

Full Class

Yoga Nidra Part Only



  • Yoga can provide many benefits, however, you are the best judge of your body and its limits.
  • Consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Not everything in this video is suitable for all students, therefore practice with caution and care.
  • If you experience any pain or discomfort with the pose or exercise, modify what you are doing or simply stop.
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