Yoga/Life Assistant For Disabled Yogini (pay + housing available) (Mar Vista)

M. Elman

Yoga/Life Assistant For Disabled Yogini (pay + housing available) (Mar Vista)

Los Angeles, CA +205 locations
Part Time
Paid
  • Responsibilities

    This is a very fulfilling job for the right person. Can include housing in a private studio in a beautiful sanctuary type setting in Mar Vista. Loving Family seeks: Wonderful, compassionate, bright, kind, warm-hearted, good-humored, organized, patient and reliable yoga (or movement) oriented assistant with great work ethic for our 34 year old daughter who is disabled with cerebral palsy and wanting to live her best life. If you happen to have a background in massage/bodywork that would be great as well! Most of our past helpers did not have previous experience working with people with disabilities. We are happy to train the right person if you have the right qualities, good energy and are willing to learn something new. (0: While no full body lifting is needed, you do need to be strong to move our daughter around. Fortunately, our daughter is quite small (weighing approximately 73 lbs) but it still does take strength and general body awareness to move her around safely. This is not a good job for someone with back issues. Really! Our daughter is a very sweet, interesting, ambitious young woman who is very physically challenged with cerebral palsy. She LOVES yoga and practices 4 or 5 times per week. giving and getting massages, reading books and poetry, listening to music and hanging out with loved ones. While she is physically active, her disability is such that she can walk only with assistance, has limited use of her hands (so cannot feed herself), and cannot speak verbally, but communicates with either the use of a computer speech device or by using a unique method we call "Spell prompting". How to communicate with our daughter and translate what she is saying is part of the training. It does require focus and patience. This job includes: *Putting our daughter through her yoga practice at home and also at a community class in Santa Monica. *Morning shifts usually include putting our daughter through a morning stretch routine *Most shifts include taking her out to her sanctuary type yard for a jacuzzi and some sunning if the weather is nice. *Some shifts might include assisting her mother in putting her through a variety of pilates and other fitness routines. *Some shifts include assisting her by positioning her around a mat on the floor when she gives someone a massage. *Some shifts might occasionally include cooking healthy organic meals *Some shifts include showering her. (For this reason she prefers females only.sorry guys!) *Some shifts might include sleeping in the house with her (the housing is in a separate studio). You would basically be paid to sleep with the exception of taking her to the bathroom once per night on those shifts. *Some shifts include taking her places and accompanying her to family/social events. *Sometimes there is occasional vacation travel with our daughter..fun but not required. *All shifts include active listening and facilitation of our daughter's communication method. You must be a proficient speller (English) in order to help facilitate this method. *All shifts include feeding her *Some shifts include occasional light assistance with her computer. *All shifts include taking her to the bathroom and assisting her with personal hygiene (For this reason also she prefers females only) *All shifts include some kitchen clean up *Most shifts include some light clean up. We have a housekeeper for the heavy stuff. *All shifts include being a good companion. *Some shifts include driving her in her own adapted van. If you have any questions about whether this job would be right for you, please don't hesitate to write and ask (0: Here is a video made several years ago about Eden when she was working with sculpture. She is no longer doing that but the video will give you an idea of who she is. https://vimeo.com/143922798 It is essential that whoever we hire to be completely reliable. Our daughter needs a stable environment she can thrive in. We can't afford to have anyone who is flaky in anyway! We require someone to work at least 18 hours per week but we can offer full time hours as well to the right person. We also prefer someone who has a somewhat flexible schedule (besides their regular hours with us) and can trade shifts with others when they take time off. The good news is that the other gals who work with Eden would do the same for you. Some weekend hours are necessary. The studio we have to offer the right person for housing would be rent free. It has a private bathroom with a large shower and french doors that lead to a beautiful garden and face a large old ficus tree. If you respond to this ad, we prefer you leave a phone number for us to text or call you. We have heard from people months after responding to the ad saying that our email response went to junk mail. We really do want to hear from you! Below are some quotes from people who have worked with our daughter in the past. They suggested that I ad them to my posts. "I have incredible things to say about working with Eden and her family. I used to live and work with E for 3 whole years in my early twenties. I was house manager and lead trainer for all new aids including yoga. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made mostly because it's a soul-nourishing position. Like all healthcare jobs, it has challenges but they were ones that have made me into the woman I've always wanted to be. Working w E is based on connection, communication, embodiment, and service-all foundations I find to be essential in my work now as a depth + Somatic psychotherapist." _ "I have been working with Eden for almost 3 years, and it has been one of the most fulfilling, rewarding, and worthwhile experiences of my life. I never expected I'd be involved in work like this, and I'm so incredibly thankful a friend introduced me to Eden-what a joy it has been! Eden is absolutely wonderful. She is hilarious, curious, bright, warm hearted, patient, sweet, silly, studious, and incredibly special. I have received just as much, if not more, than I give. Eden's family has embraced me with love and kindness, and the other women who work with Eden have become some of my dearest friends". You must be able to work legally in United States. To apply: Please send at least a short note that gives us a little sense of who you are and why you think you would be good for this position.

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