DEAFYOGA FOUN­DA­TION

LILA LOLLING, FOUNDER

Yoga Journal - - 2018 GOOD KARMA AWARDS -

There are 34 mil­lion peo­ple in the United States who are ei­ther deaf or hard of hear­ing, yet ac­cess to yoga classes led by deaf and sign­ing teach­ers in Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage is still a rel­a­tively scarce re­source— a fact that the non­profit DeafYoga Foun­da­tion (DYF) is work­ing to change. In the past decade, DeafYoga has cer­ti­fied nearly 50 deaf yoga teach­ers and trained more than 150 lan­guage pro­fes­sion­als in yoga-spe­cific ASL in­ter­pre­ta­tion na­tion­wide. Jes­sica Frank, codi­rec­tor of DeafYoga Foun­da­tion (and a deaf yoga teacher her­self), gave us her in­sights into this or­ga­ni­za­tion that’s striv­ing to make the rich­ness of yoga ac­ces­si­ble to the deaf and sign­ing com­mu­nity.

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