Jennifer told me about the Deaf Yoga Retreat at Heathen Hill in upstate New York. I had never been to Heathen Hill, but was excited by the fact that the retreat was for deaf people. And as it turned out some of my friends were going! I felt this retreat would be an opportunity to have a shared yoga and spiritual experience. I decided to attend and when I arrived I found a beautiful place. Lippy, who established Heathen Hill welcomed me and the other deaf people with open arms. Here we had the opportunity to learn from each other. This experience helped me expand my views and discover what yoga means to me. I also shared my experiences of meditation with the other participants and hope that I was able to open their minds not only to yoga, but meditation as well. I really enjoyed being here. It provided a peaceful escape from my busy and stressful life in NYC. I will definitely come back.
I came to the yoga retreat for a variety of reasons, some of which I did not know until I arrived, which was a nice surprise for me. One great thing about the retreat was how the deaf and hearing participants that can sign, came together, bonded and formed connections. For me personally this retreat gave me an opportunity to escape from my hectic life and was a chance to be free. It was an opportunity for me to discover who I am, and the mind-body connection, and become attuned to my body’s needs. When I return home, I will feel healthier, my mind will be clearer, and I will be able to approach things with a new perspective. There are many reasons for coming to the retreat. It was a wonderful place for deaf and hearing people who sign to come together.
A retreat is an opportunity to escape from the craziness of work and life for a weekend. The retreat was for a full weekend. It was wonderful. Deaf people came together to learn about yoga. Yoga is about having a peaceful mind, developing a mind-body connection, relaxing and exercise. Yoga is not just exercise. You learn how to be flexible and how the muscles and bones work together. The group had a wonderful shared experience. Having a class specifically for deaf people was great. We focused on our body, becoming more flexible, and how to stretch and breath. I live on Long Island and have wanted to take yoga classes for a while, but there no classes that are interpreted or have teachers that can sign. I tried taking regular yoga classes but they were not accessible to me, which was very disappointing. Communication was always limited and I struggled to learn the correct poses. Then I found out about Yoga ASL and I seized the opportunity. Here we had an experienced teacher who can sign! It was wonderful. Jennifer was able to teach us and we had complete access to the information, in turn we were able to learn. The room was peaceful and serene. Before the retreat my body was tight and tense, but now I feel much better. I feel alive! I am in a better place mentally. I slept well and woke up feeling like I can face the day. I encourage other deaf people to take yoga. Thanks Jennifer.