Yoga (group)

The Manitoba Blind Sports Association Yoga Program is for all fitness levels and focuses on increasing your body’s flexibility and core strength. Practitioners have the potential to develop skills that will enhance physical health, confidence and mental wellness. Yoga is a low impact workout that will add balance to your life!

Every workout adapts for participants to improve balance, stability, flexibility and strength using mindfulness and breath. Although you may start yoga for the physical benefits you may soon feel the bonus of an overall sense of well-being.

This group practice is a fun and safe environment where participants support each other with positive feedback, enthusiasm and energy.

Lead by yoga teachers Ruth Reis, Doreen Wuckert, and Nicole Necsefor our classes run Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11am at the CNIB Multipurpose Room located at 1080 Portage Avenue. Contact Cathy Derewianchuk at Manitoba Blind Sports Association for details about joining the classes.

7 of our 2017-2018 season yoga participants pose for a photo, many with hands folded and yoga mats present!  12 of our 2017-2018 season yoga participants pose for a photo, many with hands folded. A yellow lab guide dog sits to the front left, and a pink yoga mat is rolled standing in the centre.

About Our Instructors

Ruth Reis has taught various group fitness classes for over 30 years and yoga for ten years, teaching at the CNIB since 2015. Her initial yoga teacher training was with Maureen Rae Studio in 2008. She certified as a fitness leader at the YMCA teaching various fitness classes throughout Winnipeg and later joined and certified her fitness and yoga with the Manitoba Fitness Council (MFC).  In 2008 she took the NCCP course while teaching Taekwondo. Currently Ruth’s interests are focused mainly on yoga, teaching various classes for the City of Winnipeg as well as other venues throughout Winnipeg.

Doreen Wuckert is a teacher by profession. Also, she is a certified Yoga and Resistance Instructor, receiving her training from the Manitoba Fitness Council, Yoga Studios in Toronto, and the Yoga Centre, Winnipeg. In addition to teaching with Maniotba Blind Sports Association, Doreen currently is a yoga instructo with the City of Winnipeg, Creative Retirement, Deer Lodge Community Centre, and leads private lessons in her home studio. Doreen refreshes her skills by taking new courses in Winnipeg and in other countries. She presents workshops upon request.

Nicole Necsefor has been exploring the practice and teachings of yoga for the last ten years, completing various teacher trainings along the way. She currently holds Advanced Masters’ Core certification through the Yogic Physical Culture Academy, RYT200 Vinyasa Flow certification through Yoga Alliance, as well as YogaFit certification through the Manitoba Fitness Council. She believes in empowering her students to claim their own practice by cultivating a safe and inclusive space to explore all the benefits that yoga has to offer.


Swimming with MBSA kicks! Swimmers are taught by a coach with Level 3
certification and are assisted at the pool by dedicated volunteers. Swimmers
participate for fun and well being, and some have gone on to participate at the
Paralympic Games and the Canada Summer Games.


Two archers line up using tripods to assist in aiming their shots.Led by experienced archer and archery instructor Diane Minion, our archery program is for beginners through advanced archers. Archers work with a volunteer guide from Heights Archery, and use tactile cues (tripods for arm positioning and foot guides) to position themselves, and receive verbal assistance and coaching from their guide. For an audible cue, balloons can optionally be placed on the target to provide the archer an audible cue when they have hit a specific point on their target.

Offering several ten-week sessions throughout the year in partnership with Heights Archery, MBSA’s blind archery program is open to athletes ages 10 and older, and runs from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Thursdays at Heights Archery (2281 Portage Avenue).

About our Instructor

Diane Minion started coaching archery in 1986. She teaches mainly grassroots archery classes, and  started teaching my blind and visually impaired archers in 2014.



Athletes in yellow jerseys playing goalball. Three players lay on the court with a net spanning the width of the court behind them. the player in the centre is about to pass to the player on his left side.Goalball is a fast-paced team sport designed specifically for blind and visually impaired athletes. We welcome visually impaired and sighted players alike to explore goalball with us. We welcome players 16 and older, and accommodate recreational and competitive athletes alike. (Younger athletes who wish to explore goalball should check out the Young Athlete Development Program).

The sport requires players to play both offensively and defensively at the same time, protecting a 9 metre (29.5 foot) net, and attempting to score on the opposing team’s net 18 (59 feet) metres away. The ball is about the size of a basketball (but heavier and less bouncy!), and contains bells to help players orient to its location. Similarly, court markings are slightly raised using floor tape to help athletes determine their location on the court. All players are under eyeshade, which means blind, visually impaired and sighted players can play equally.

Due to the COVID pandemic,  our goalball program is currently not running. Contact Kerri at km.goalball [at] for details.

We also welcome kinesiology students in Adapted Physical Activity to join us for their practicums. Please contact Kerri at [email protected] for details.





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