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NWABA Virtual Program Spotlight: Meet Our Balance & Control/Yoga Instructor, Aly.

Yoga instructor, Aly Slaughter, is twisted into a tree pose, standing with her legs intertwined and arms crossed in front of her face.Northwest Association for Blind Athletes’ (NWABA) virtual programming has grown immensely since its inception during the pandemic, providing daily workouts Monday through Friday, reaching individuals who are blind and visually impaired across the globe.

Every Friday at noon Pacific Time (PT), NWABA offers Balance and Control/Yoga Workouts and, to support our “Strive for Excellence” core value, we have contracted Aly Slaughter, a certified yoga instructor to lead this program. Aly is a certified 500-hour level Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) and has been teaching yoga with NWABA since 2022, when she was introduced to this organization through the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB).

Legally blind since birth, Aly truly believes in breaking down barriers and that yoga is much more than a physical practice; and can be a tool for healing physically, mentally, and emotionally. Based in Alton, Illinois, Aly creates an accessible class environment for practitioners of all ages and abilities. For individuals who are blind and visually impaired, yoga teaches strength, energy, flexibility, balance, and coordination, including body awareness, spatial awareness, and motor development.

In addition to teaching with NWABA, Aly is a public speaker offering seminars and workshops for other blindness and disability-related organizations. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and Sociology from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana; a J.D. with a certificate in Health Law from St. Louis University’s school of Law; and is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

For more information about our virtual yoga program, contact Tara Rogowsky at [email protected]. Or to learn more about Aly, visit her website at www.alyslaughter.com.

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