LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – The Ability Center of Southern Nevada was the first sensory-friendly fitness center in Las Vegas to offer classes designed for people with all different abilities. Now, they’ve added cheerleading and yoga to their fitness schedule.

“Having a place for fitness for people with special needs, there was no place in town prior to the ability center,” said Chris Salas, President of the Ability Center of Southern Nevada.

The Ability Center of Southern Nevada offers group fitness, dance, karate, and, starting earlier this month, new cheerleading and family yoga classes.

“One of the girls looked at me and said, ‘I want to be a cheerleader.’ I went home, immediately ordered the uniforms, we had them printed, and we started the cheer team,” said Salas.

The Ability Center cheer team offers girls of all abilities the opportunity to participate in a sport they may not have access to in school.

“And we just introduced this month a family yoga program, where we do a candlelight yoga with a professional instructor, and we encourage the families to participate with the members,” said Salas.

“It is wonderful because it makes your nerves and your energy be able to all lineup,” said Ability Center member Victoria Gonzales.

The yoga class is a chance for families to center their minds in a sensory-friendly environment.

“It’s really inclusive. They make everybody feel like family, accommodating to every ability or disability. It’s great,” said Yvonne Wilbanks, parent of an Ability Center member. “They make everybody feel included. I like that.”

For more information and to sign up for classes, click here: The Ability Center of Southern Nevada (


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