Get Healthy With Yoga

Beginning Yoga for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a dynamic, inspiring five CD set produced by Gretchen Hein, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and Marty Klein, a blind author and workshop facilitator. The goal of the series is to

Help blind and visually impaired folks use yoga to reclaim and sustain strong, flexible bodies as well as help encourage students to find a yoga class in their local communities that will be suitable for them.

The packaging has bold, dark lettering with a contrasting background so folks with low vision can read it. Each CD is numbered with bold markings as well. Gretchen’s descriptions of yoga postures are detailed and focused specifically for blind students while Marty’s comments and insights as a blind man make for an informative and enjoyable learning experience. Each CD has many different tracks to make future programming possible by combining different yoga postures. There are specific tracks on CD #5 to inform prospective yoga teachers how to be thoughtful toward a blind student. Students are encouraged to give this CD to a teacher for their listening before joining a local class.

The cost of the five CD package is $39.95 plus shipping and handling. You can order the set at

American Thermoform Corp./ATC Low Vision offers braille production equipment, braille paper and supplies as well as a new line of low-vision products.  Call 800-331-3676 or 909-593-6711.

AT&T offers residential and wireless calling services, and has special services for customers with disabilities.  Call 800-222-0300 for residential and 800-331-0500 for wireless.

Janet Caron designs and hand crafts one-of-a-kind jewelry.  Contact 1525 W. Breseford Road, Deland, FL 32720; 386-736-9872.

Diagnostic Devices sells two talking blood glucose monitors: the Prodigy Voice, a totally audible, no-coding system, and the Prodigy Autocode, a Spanish-English, no-coding system.  Contact 800-366-5901.

En-Vision America Inc. provides high-tech voice-enabled products, such as the i.d. mate OMNI, the talking bar code reader, and ScripTalk, the talking pharmaceutical reader.  Call 800-890-1180.

Handy Tech North America sells: accessible mobile phones and PDAs; bar-code scanners; Handy Tech braille notetakers and displays; Index braille embossers; the BrailleSense Plus and the VoiceSense; screen-reading and magnification software; and video magnification and OCR systems.  Call 651- 636-5184

Homecare Supply of America sells talking glucose monitors.  Call 903-725-3113.

Independent Living Aids carries a plethora of everyday items, such as watches and remote controls, that provide accessibility via braille, speech, or large print.  Call 800-537-2118 or 516-937-1848.

Lutheran Braille Workers publishes biblical, Christ-centered literature in braille and large print in more than 30 languages.  Its publications, which are free of charge, are produced by thousands of volunteers and distributed to 120 countries.  Contact 13471 California St., P.O. Box 5000, Yucaipa, CA 92399; 909-795-8977 .

MagniSight Inc. manufactures a full line of quality CCTV products.  Visit   or call 719-578-8893.

Maxi-Aids is a superstore of assistive products for independent living.  Call 800-522-6294 or TTY: 800-281-3555.

Navi-tech Inc. manufactures and markets the patent-pending Detectable Guidance Markers, which are new and improved detectable orientation products.  Contact Rob Cook at 541-741-4367 or [email protected].

Newsreel Magazine is a unique interactive audio monthly produced in the voices of its blind or visually impaired subscribers.  Each issue contains three hours of content recorded in MP3 format or on a four-track, 90-minute NLS format cassette with around 50 to 60 articles.  Editor Kate Snyderman even came to my table, microphone in hand, to conduct a quick interview about the Ziegler.  Contact 8 E. Long St. #420, Columbus, OH 43215;  888-723-8737 or 614-469-0700.

R. Schaf Toys makes wooden toys and games that are very blind-friendly.  To receive a price list of items that he sells, send an e-mail to [email protected] and put “price list” in the subject line.

Talking Tabs develops all-audio guitar instruction CDs that make learning guitar fast, easy and fun.  Call 800-660-6850.

Talking sells a talking thermostat that announces day, time, room temperature and temperature setting.  This unit has audio instructions and a lifetime warranty.  Other products available include the Freeze Alarm, which calls up to three numbers for high/low temperature alerts or when power fails, and the Water Alarm, which sounds an alarm when it detects water on your basement floor.  Contact  or 800-838-8860 or 763-591-9557.

Tenacity Inc. sells the Accessaphone, an accessible telecommunications solution.  Call 337-735-9500.

Wizzpeg is a small tool that keeps a pair of socks together in the laundry.  Call 248-470-6280.