Meet YogaReach's Founder, Char Grossman

Char's professional and extensive yoga therapy training includes: 

 

  • Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT

  • IAYT Approved Professional Development for Continuing education

  • Accessible Yoga Training Certification

  • Therapeutic training through Integrative Yoga Therapy

  • Advanced Mind Body Solutions Training

  • The Duke University, Duke Center for Integrative Medicine Oncology Training 

  • Dance for PD Advanced Training/Professional Development 

  • OhioHealth Delay the Disease PD Training

  • Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider

Char Grossman, Director and Founder of YogaReach is a compassionate, highly trained, nationally certified school psychologist and certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT). Char has invested over three decades teaching special education and working as a school psychologist. Her individualized and specialized instruction has aided Char in creating a state of the art program to help those facing a variety of health challenges.

 

Char developed her adaptive therapeutic yoga program after experiencing and recovering from her own horrific medical incident. Many years ago Char developed bleeding in the brain. During 6-hour brain surgery reconstruction, she had a stroke. When she awoke the right side of her body had hemi-paralysis which made her unable to move her shoulder, arm, fingers or leg. She also experienced memory loss, emotionally lability and aphasia which restricted her ability to read, write and communicate effectively.  After aggressive rehabilitation, recovery was still uncertain. Not ready to give up, and understanding the challenges of people identified with disabilities, Char researched alternative ways to learn how to function better than the way she once did. It was then when she discovered yoga.

 

Yoga as a complementary consistent therapeutic practice helped Char strengthen and restore her body, retrain her mind, and most importantly develop an optimistic mindful lifestyle. Yoga taught her how to reconnect her mind to her body and return to being the professional, wife and mother she wanted to be.  Char's amazing story inspired her to give back and bring adaptive therapeutic yoga to others going through their own challenges and recoveries. 

 

Grossman has authored a diverse collection of blog posts, has been a panelist for Curetalks (a medical trends program), has been interviewed by the Huffington Post about her YogaReach program, and more recently, the development of her Parkinson's disease-specific YogaReach Mindful Movement program

 

 

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