Saturday, November 11, 2006

What about Yoga?

MS challenges us in all facets of life, and exercising is no exception. But aerobics may not be the best program for the MSer. Yoga, however, is an excellent aid to symptom management, for the mildly disabled AND the non-ambulatory according to the American Yoga Association.

Martha Patt received the Champion of Courage grant to produce a DVD aimed at helping MSers incorporate yoga into their daily lives. Patt was diagnosed in 1984, practices yoga daily, and teaches yoga for the NMSS. She says it helps with her leg pains and anxiety. She was named a Betaseron Champion of Courage in 2004. The DVD was scheduled for production in the falloff 2005. Interested? Email Martha at for more information.

Yoga is also recommended for caregivers.

Sue Lee grew up with yoga -- both grandfathers practiced and her mother taught before she began teaching. Her husband was diagnosed in the late 70's.
She developed a form of yoga specifically for MSers. Find her videos here.

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mdmhvonpa said...

Yoga and Tai Chi seem to be pretty popular in the MS ranks.

Vicki said...

I have never tried Tai Chi, although it interesting to me. It appears to be very deliberate and slow-moving, an exercise in controlling the body. I can do the slow-moving part, but I'm not sure about the controlling part.

Thanks for the link.