YOU & ME - 30 years experience with special needs Yoga
Maria
Maria Gunstone, the originator of YOU & ME Yoga has taught Yoga to disabled people since 1978, and has trained more than 2500 staff in special schools, training centres, community colleges, hospitals and homes.

With support from Mencap, the YOU & ME system as it is today, was developed in the late 1980s and piloted several years later by the Open College of the North West.

YOU & ME Yoga is suitable for people of all ages and disabilities. It improves quality of life by increasing their mobility, dexterity, concentration, adaptive behaviour, communication, sensory-awareness, self-confidence and well-being.

Maria has been student and practitioner of yoga since 1973 following a car accident where she sustained multiple injuries. She has since dedicated her work to the service of others that can benefit from yoga.
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She won a Churchill Fellowship to visit India to investigate the therapeutic value of yoga for disabled people and studied with most of the great masters of the different yoga traditions. Her articles have appeared in publications worldwide, and Maria has written and produced some 21 works, published by her own company.

She is an approved In-Service Tutor (IST) for the UK’s lead body, the British Wheel of Yoga and for the Yoga Biomedical Trust. The YOU & ME Yoga system has been accepted as a registered Yoga Therapy diploma course by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Read more about Maria in an interview from the British Wheel of Yoga South East newsletter , Firsthand, Physotherapists' newsletter and the book Learning Disability (2009)
"I have seen great improvements in the students' abilities in the following areas: balance, strength, coordination, body awareness, breath control, posture control, relaxation skills, and social skills.” External verifier