Hot yoga adapted for those with disabilities

February 5, 2009 10:17:43 AM PST
Hot yoga is a fun, dynamic and challenging form of yoga that can be adapted for everyone, including those with physical disabilities.In a 95-degree room, 27-year-old Reveca Torres says she has never felt better. She is able to feel heat. She hasn't been able to for 14 years due to her spinal cord injuries.

"I'm able to move a lot better, a lot easier when I try to lift my own legs in bed, rolling around also it's helps with my pain," she said.

Seven months ago, Torres signed up for yoga at Tribalance in Schaumburg.

"I've always wanted to try it, but I was a little bit afraid of it because I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do it physically," she said. "I got out of my chair. I did everything that everybody else in the class did, and that was something that I was afraid of, that I would go to a class and just sit there and watch and not be able to participate."

Owner and yoga instructor Corey Kelly always knew Torres would success.

"It's just a question of finding out you know about her body," he said. "Every person in the class is different. Every person is in a different place, so, you know, one thing that she might, you know, need as far as using the block or a mat somebody else might not need. And in another posture, she might not need it, and somebody else might".

The best thing about hot yoga is that Torres can feel the heat.

"My body reacts to the heat, so I know I can tell the difference in temperature as far as hot and cold well from here, from the chest down, above, it's different," Torres said.

'"Just because Reveca comes here in a wheelchair and somebody else is able to walk in doesn't mean there's a difference between them because she's so mentally strong," Kelly said.

When not doing yoga, Reveca is a fashion designer. Because of yoga, she started designing bags to carry yoga mats. For more information, visit or call 847.301.7305