Yoga for People with Disabilities

Yoga is a very beneficial exercise routine for everyone. Yoga is both a mental and physical exercise that provides many benefits to the body. Everyone can perform some component of yoga, even with a disability.  

 

What Is Yoga?  

 

Yoga is a physical and mental exercise routine that consists of meditation and stretching. A part of the stretching routine also contains breathing techniques that are good for your overall health. There are many levels of yoga, and many disciplines. However, they all basically approach the body, breathing, and meditation in the same way.  

 

Yoga is a great way to improve your health without strenuous exercise. It allows the body to stretch and move without high impact on the joints. It increases blood flow and stimulates hormone production. It also helps fill the lungs and the body with oxygen.  

 

The meditation part of Yoga is very effective for reducing stress. It is also a great way to learn control over pain and discomfort. Meditation can help you “keep calm and carry on.”  

 

Yoga with Disabilities  

 

If your body limits you for movement, you can still take advantage of yoga. There are many movements that can be made without having to stand up or get down on the floor. You can stretch your arms and torso from a sitting position or you can move your legs without the assistance of your arms.  

 

Meditation can be learned from any position and only really requires the desire to learn. A quiet place, and possibly some music, is all you will need to learn how to meditate and “get in touch” with your inner self. Meditation has been shown to help people in pain or discomfort manage these issues much better than with medications alone.  

 

Yoga increases blood flow in the body which helps your organs perform better. The increased oxygen you receive from breathing deeply during yoga also helps feed your organs. The movements of yoga also increase the hormone flow to your joints which help produce the “lubricant” necessary to keep joints moving smoothly.  

 

Yoga has been shown to reduce overall inflammation. Inflammation is associated with several diseases and conditions. Reducing inflammation in your system allows you to enjoy more movement and better health.  

 

Overall, anyone who is interested in improving their health, managing a medical condition, or easing pain and discomfort will benefit from adding yoga to their daily routine. Everyone, regardless of mobility or physical limitations, can enjoy some form of yoga. 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).