Despite being paralyzed since age 13, author Matthew Sanford still teaches yoga and promotes and integrated mind-body approach to healing and well-being.
Paraplegic yoga instructor to speak on "A Mind-Body Approach To Healing and Recovery" at U of M
Contacts: Tessa Eagan, College of Liberal Arts, email@example.com, (612) 625-3781
February 16, 2010
Matthew Sanford, a nationally recognized author, yoga teacher, and expert on integrative medicine will give a presentation on “A Mind-Body Approach To Healing and Recovery” on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m. in the University of Minnesota's Coffman Union Theater, 300 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis. Sanford has been a paraplegic since age 13, and his book "Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence" is an emotional account about his recovery.
Using his heart-wrenching, real-life story as a template, Sanford explores the nature of trauma, loss and disability. He imagines a more integrated mind-body approach to healing and recovery that includes both patients and caregivers alike, one that improves long term outcomes for everyone involved. The presentation will also introduce some basic postural and breathing techniques.
Sanford will sign copies of his book following the discussion.
This event, free and open to the public, is part of the Magraw-Fuller Lecture Series. The Magraw-Fuller Lecture Series was established through the generous support of a College of Liberal Arts alumna and aims to improve the communication skills of pre-med and pre-health students through interdisciplinary topics in the liberal arts.