On Thursday, October 18, SunWater Spa will host a special yoga class, designed to benefit the Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association. Ros Prado, a SunWater Spa yoga teacher, will lead this one-hour donation-based yoga class, which begins at 5:45 p.m.
Inspired by her brother, Cairo, who was born with Down syndrome, Prado hopes that the event will spread awareness, advocacy, and inclusion of individuals with the chromosomal disorder. This is the third year that she has spearheaded the event at SunWater, and the fifth in total; earlier events were held in the Miami, Florida, area.
A Passion to Serve
With the success of these events, Prado has expanded her service to those with Down syndrome. In part, she was inspired by two individuals with the disorder, both adults, who attended last year’s Downward Dog for Down Syndrome benefit.
“I was blown away with their abilities,” Prado explains. “It inspired me to question how we could we teach them professional skills so they could do more than bag groceries.”
From there, Prado created a curriculum for a three-month internship which she pitched to SunWater Spa Founders Kat Tudor and Don Goede, who whole-heartedly supported her endeavor.
Synchronicity Takes the Lead
Synchronistically, about that time, Bobbie King, attended one of Prado’s yoga classes at SunWater. King is the mother to Kory Mitchell, one of the adults with Down syndrome who attended last year’s Downward Dog event. Prado approached King with the idea about the internship, and the ball began rolling. Additionally, Mitchell’s father, Larry, is on the board of the Colorado Springs Down Syndrome Association and feared that once Kory graduated high school she might become isolated.
Fortunately, that appears far from reality. On October 1, Kory became Ros Prado’s assistant for the Downward Dog for Down Syndrome event. Prado set the stage for Kory to learn how to fill out an application, interview, and other tasks associated with holding a job. While the internship is on a volunteer-basis, Kory will receive free classes and soaks as compensation for her efforts.
According to the National Down Syndrome Society, approximately 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome each year. The society also reports that “All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.”
Prado hopes to emphasize the strengths and talents of these individuals through the Downward Dog event and the pilot internship program at SunWater. One day, Prado hopes to hold a teacher training for individuals with Down syndrome who wish to learn how to teach yoga.
Changing the World, One Downward Dog at a Time
The Denver, Colorado-based Global Down Syndrome Foundation, reports that “In the U.S., Down syndrome is the least funded major genetic condition by our National Institutes of Health despite being the most frequent chromosomal disorder. Because of this, and because of lack of funding from other government organizations, there is surprisingly little known definitively about the condition.”
However, as Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Prado is just one of those committed citizens looking to inspire change in one small part of the world.
Down Syndrome Fundraiser
In addition to supporting a great cause, participants in the Downward Dog for Down Syndrome fundraiser will be eligible for a drawing with prizes from Yogi Surprise, lululemon athletics, SunWater Spa, and more. The drawing will be held immediately following the Downward Dog yoga class.
Call to reserve your spot at the Downward Dog for Down Syndrome at SunWater Spa today (719) 695-7007.
Or click here to sign up: http://bit.ly/DownDogDownSyndromeTix