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Wheelchair trampoline!

Walking and jumping; two things I thought I’d never do again until a cure came around. Turns out I jumped the gun a early on the jumping part. Wheelchairs and trampolines…never in a million years would I have thought these two worlds would, or could, collide.

The first video comes from a really cool paraplegic from California, Andrew Angulo, who makes videos showing how he does nearly everything, and in this 5 minute video showing how he ‘jumps’ on a trampoline will certainly get your brain churning. I never thought a paraplegic could do what he does, and then I saw his trampoline video and was schooled.

Andrew first gets on the trampoline with a little help from an able-bodied dude. Once he’s on the trampoline, he crosses his legs so his feet and legs are secured tightly underneath him. This was the part when I thought, “Ok, so now how in the heck is this going to work now?” and then all of a sudden he has his little nephew jump join him on the trampoline, and he starts jumping directly next to him.

As his nephew jumps, the motion gets Andrew bouncing and before you know it, Andrew is catching some impressive air. I had NO idea people with paralysis, despite their paralyzed limbs, could still get that high despite not jumping. Why haven’t I tried this before?! And as Andrew bounces even faster, he begins to roll around the trampoline and it’s quite hysterical.

The next video is a lot shorter (under 1 minute), but is just as fun. The video comes from the trampoline park, Big Time Trampoline, and shows a pre-teen in a wheelchair taking it upon himself to still have fun at the trampoline park despite not being able to walk.

It shows the interior of the park (with multiple built-into-the-floor trampolines), with the feisty kid moving from one trampoline to another, bouncing (while still in his chair) and not having a care in the world. I love this kid! As it turns out, there are actually wheelchair trampolines that you can buy too. Where have these been all my life??

That’s it. I must stop thinking anything is impossible from here on out.

Have you been on a wheelchair trampoline? 

Watch the videos!

Andrew, a para, goes on a trampoline with his nephews

Kid goes trampolining at a trampoline park in his wheelchair

Two video-fied extremes of adapted yoga

“Wheelchair yoga?” Nah, I’ll take the term “adapted yoga” any day. Getting out of your wheelchair and onto the mat is one of the best things about an adaptive yoga class. An “out of the wheelchair” yoga class is more like it.

These two videos – one of a crazily agile paraplegic, the other a high level quadriplegic who needs assistance when practicing – show how no matter your level of spinal cord injury, you can still get out of the chair and do yoga.

The first video comes from our member Wheelz04.  He is a T6-8 paraplegic and is totally into yoga. Since he has full upper-body movement (times a million), he’s able to transfer himself onto the mat and put himself into dozens of poses (he’s so strong he can even walk on his hands!). In fact, there’s a chance he might be the strongest person in a wheelchair I’ve seen.

His video shows a short sequence of yoga poses. He starts by transferring onto the mat and goes into a Sun Salutation, two different Warrior poses, the Lizard, Pigeon, Child’s Pose, a handstand, a forward bend, a pose called the Bridge, Happy Baby and ends with Savana (translation is “copse pose,” where you lay completely still and just breathe).

The second video comes from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and shows how Samantha Drost, a high quadriplegic with no arm movement, practices yoga (with an assistant).  In this video (beautifully narrated by Sam), she shows her favorite adapted yoga poses and explains why she loves them.

I, along with Sam, was one of the students featured in this adaptive yoga video series called: Yoga For Your Health. I can certifiably say that Samantha is one awesome lady you can learn a lot from.

A lot of people ask me, How and why do you do yoga? The answer is simple: Because your legs and wherever you’re still paralyzed, are still a part of you. And yoga (unlike any other adapted sport out there) honors that.

Have you tried adapted yoga?  How has it helped your quality of life?

Watch the Videos!

Adapted Yoga – Short Sequence (Wheelchair user) (Paraplegic)

Yoga For Your Health – Samantha Drost – Exercising