May 21, 2022

Learn About the Weekly Yoga Class for the Visually Impaired Inside the San Francisco Public Library’s Main Branch

One word about this program…AWESOME!

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

At first glance, there’s nothing unusual about Nancy Yates’ Thursday night yoga class, as she instructs her pupils to “feel the energy, feel the life force,” while pacing the room barefoot. But this is no ordinary class. The 11 students sprawled out on colorful mats between the stacks of the San Francisco Public Library are all visually impaired.

The Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, on the second floor of the Main Library, has been offering the weekly class since April 2012. Yates, who began practicing yoga after a serious skiing injury more than 30 years ago, first introduced her special brand of yoga to the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in 1996.


Jane Glasby, the center’s librarian, said about 700 visually impaired people use the center’s audiobooks, audio-described movies and machines that magnify text and read aloud bills and letters, though “that’s nowhere near the number of people we could be serving or should be serving.

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