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Yoga anyone?

Postby davwhi » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:39 am

Has anyone here tried yoga?
I'm thinking the stretching and exercise would be good but not sure how much I would actually be able to do. Considering:
-no balance
-forget standing on 1 foot
-forget standing, except for short duration
-very weak legs (& hand, & arms, etc)

You know, all the usual stuff.

Can a yoga studio (?) create modified exercise plans.
If you have any experiences I'd be interested to hear about it.

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Postby ellen » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:24 am

There are yoga classes designed for people with various issues including ms. I would highly recommend it. Also there are books on the subject. Hope you can find something that will meet your needs.

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Postby Wonderfulworld » Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:54 am

GO FOR IT :lol: !!
I love yoga.
I also cannot stand on one foot, no balancing with eyes closed, and very wobbly altogether some days!

I found an MS-yoga class locally and it was terrific, you didn't have to be concerned about achieving perfection. Another woman in the class was a fulltime wheelchair user, and another had very bad balance, but the teacher modified each move so that they could participate fully.

I went to a normal able-bodied class about 4 years ago and I hated it, the teacher kept urging me to stop holding onto the wall and I didn't want to share my MS with a class of body-beautifuls.

If you find an easy-going class who can adapt moves for altered or limited mobility from whatever cause, you'll really enjoy it. We have a real laugh in the MS-yoga and my sleep improved, my balance, stamina and strength all improved a bit.
Good luck!
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Postby davwhi » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:21 pm

Thanks, I never even thought about looking for a book specifically for yoga and MS. And now I think I will try the local yoga places and see what they offer.
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Postby Joana » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:11 pm

This is my first post so I hope I am doing it right.
Howard Kent (from memory) used to do Yoga for people with MS. Google it.
I do yoga every day at home in winter (once a week in summer when I rely on swimming) and find it excellent for MS. I can't stand (on one leg or two) but I have developed a series of about 20 different yoga poses that I can do lying down. It really helps.
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Postby pager » Sat Sep 05, 2009 7:32 pm

Try searching on the Internet for therapeutic yoga in your area. Also, I take Copaxone and they sent me a FREE video tape of a yoga class; some people in the video are more able to move and are on the floor and others are in a chair. The video is designed for people with MS.
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Postby whyRwehere » Sun Sep 06, 2009 2:20 am

Someone just recommended Eric Small's dvd/book from another thread, was it Mrhodes?
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Postby bibliotekaren » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:30 pm

I feel lucky that I had done yoga on and off for seventeen or so years. Now, I can do whatever poses still work for me at home -- mostly sitting poses and some standing. And, they do help! Like others mentioned, maybe a video or book for MS yoga would be helpful? Although yoga purists might disagree, I think a regimen of MS stretching is similar and as helpful.

About modified yoga classes, my experience has been mixed. I liked a gentle/restorative class that I used to go to although it was quite challenging for me. Not sure that I could do it now. I also used to go to a therapy yoga class which was advertised for folks with chronic low back issues and RA, MS. I was the most impacted person in the class and the assistant hovered over me at every move -- made me feel bad about myself -- I actually could do more than they thought. And, the instructor came from the "you can heal yourself" genre of practitioner that I now know to watch out for!

Good luck in finding a resource for yoga or stretching that helps your specific situation.

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Postby pinda » Sun Sep 06, 2009 12:51 pm

Hi all. I have been doing restorative yoga for a few years now. Has been very helpful. I cannot stand on one foot, fall over when eyes shut, etc. Instructor is trained to help people with mobility and balance problems and has a very small class, up to 6. The breathing has been very helpful and use it every day. Unfortunately I do not do much yoga when classes are not going. Looking forward to starting again next Friday :) Look for an instructor who has training for people with disabilities. If one does not work try another, need to find someone you can work with and be comfortable. Linda
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Yoga ! Yes I have tried and for good.

Postby Bibek » Sun Sep 13, 2009 12:49 am

Yes...For three months i did it and saw the amazing result.I did PRANAYAMA ( The breathing exercise)along with the yogasana.And the result was more energy,more flexibility more confidence.Foe MS patients it needs to be done for a longer period of time (say One year +).
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Postby tomkats » Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:41 am

Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis - ... 1932603174 - is just the book. I began to pracitce yoga following my diagnosis almost 6 years ago. Skiing, pilates, even distance walking was no longer comfortable or possible. I do 90 minute power yoga in a heated room even though otherwise heat really bothers me. I was encouraged by an instructor who had a friend with MS who was practicing - at the time Shape magazine was about to publish an article on her friend. It's like I escape my MS through my yoga. I respect my physical limits, don't compare myself to anyone else and show up every time with gratitude. I hope it works for you too!

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Postby ellen » Sun Sep 13, 2009 9:05 am

Hey Katie...that is just the book I have! I've done gentle yoga classes for a couple of years now. Its great for mind and body. I used to run, play tennis, and do aerobics. Wish I still could but yoga is what I do now.

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