MS & Yoga: Stretching Mind & Body
The practice of yoga originated in the distant past, but it's completely relevant to daily life in the 21 st century. As Western science has begun to acknowledge, yoga's repertoire of stretches, twists, and postures accompanied by conscious awareness of your body and mind may be more than an "exercise routine." In a recent study, people with MS who practiced yoga experienced, among other effects, a reduction in MS-related fatigue and depression.
To help you explore the practice of yoga as a way to help manage your MS, we've created a series of videos you can access below. Be sure to speak with your doctor before attempting yoga or any other type of physical exertion.
MS Yoga Practices
MyMS Yoga® is an exercise program created to help you manage some of your multiple sclerosis symptoms and to stay active. Two world-renowned experts — Baron Baptiste, known by millions for his innovative approaches to yoga, and Dr. Elliot Frohman, a neurologist who specializes in treating people with multiple sclerosis — have collaborated to create this special, customized program.
MyMS Yoga uses unhurried movements, slow stretching and breathing to reduce stress and release muscle tension. This allows you to address your individual needs and proceed at your own pace. If you're having a bad day, you can modify your program and do something less intensive. On better days, you can challenge yourself to enhance your yoga capabilities.
The MyMS Yoga DVD includes three yoga practices at different levels of ability: Foundations™, Transformations™ and Restorations™.
- Foundations provides the basics of yoga and allows you to start slow and simple.
- Transformations is a more intense yoga practice with advanced poses for gaining strength and confidence.
- Restorations guides you through some very slow, relaxing and refreshing postures.