Yoga for the Disabled

Yoga is an exercise discipline that offers many different health benefits. The act of stretching in different ways can help tone muscles, improve circulation and lubricate joints more effectively throughout the body. Yoga, when combined with meditation, has also been shown to reduce anxiety and improve overall mood.  


There are many different types of yoga. The most common one practiced in western countries is called Hatha Yoga. Hatha is a type of yoga that focuses on gentle stretching to improve the limberness of the body. This style of yoga is easy to start and can be practiced by anyone at any fitness level. It is also a great type of yoga for beginners if you have a disability or chronic condition.  


Adapting Yoga for a Disability  


Yoga moves, or asanas, can be adapted to accommodate disabilities or chronic conditions. Many of the stretching movements can be adjusted to do from a chair or a wheelchair. Some of the yoga moves are simple breathing techniques that are easy to learn and can be done by anyone regardless of physical condition. All of these yoga moves, regardless of adaptation, are beneficial to your health.  


Deep breathing techniques can help a person relax and help manage anxiety. Specific breathing techniques can also help a person improve their diaphragm muscles and increase oxygen flow to all organs. Certain breathing techniques have also been associated with improved blood pressure readings.  


Stretching in any form will improve coordination, even if you are in a wheelchair. Yoga can improve joint lubrication and help reduce inflammation throughout the body. Stretching improves range of motion in all areas of the body. Stretching also helps toxins move from the body into the regions where they can be eliminated from the body.  


Yoga Is Beneficial, Even in Small Doses  


Physical limitations should not keep you from enjoying the many benefits of yoga. The act of stretching itself, if only for five minutes a day, will provide health benefits. Over time, even with chronic conditions or limitations, you will build your stamina and be able to do a little more each time. Also, if you cannot increase your yoga time or stretches, you will still benefit from a few minutes a day.  


Yoga is more of a lifestyle choice than a real physical exercise. It is about devoting a little bit of time each day to care for your body and mind. It is about giving your body some relief by stretching it and working muscles in a way that feels good and provides health benefits. It is about taking a little time to quiet your mind and allow your entire body to heal and be at rest.  Yoga is about creating space in your body.


Yoga can become an essential part of each day. As you begin to experience the health improvements, you will find yourself looking forward to your yoga time each day. For those with limitations and physical disabilities, this may be one of the best things you can do to help your body stay fit and healthy without causing harm from high-impact exercising or having no exercise at all. 


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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).