I know that when I have ever been faithful to my yoga practice for more than a couple of weeks that the benefits have been noticeable, maybe even amazing. I breathe better, I stand straighter, I sleep deeper, I feel calmer. I also become much more selective about things that go into my body (like food) and into my brain (like stupid television shows). I just feel better overall. What about you? How does yoga help you and how do you think it affects your MS? What are your tips for sticking with it? Give the rest of us ideas to put us on the path to finding our inner yogi and inner peace.
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- —Guest arti
- I do yoga every day. It ceirtanly helps physically, but I think pranayama (yoga breathing) can do miracles in brain and help ti fight against demyelination. I am feeling great after pranayama, esspecially after brahmary
- —Guest milena
Did Not Crash
- We do an MS Pilates class twice a week and our instructor incorporates some yoga positions within the Pilates class. I have noticed my balance is so much better now. In fact, I was shopping at a second hand store and was in front of some very breakable items-lots of glass, vases, cups- when I suddenly became totally off balance and I thought I was going to crash into the glass items. However, I did not! I was able to gather my wits and my balance and I remained standing. I was so happy because the fall could have been very dangerous. I will continue with my classes forever. My yoga /Pilates might have saved my life that day. I know my dignity was spared.
- —Guest Carol Rocha
Yoga has taken me out of my depression
- I had to leave work 2 years ago. I am 57 and just diagnosed after living a VERY active energetic life. It came on fast and hard. I have been home since, with not much to do and got unbearably depressed. It;s not safe to go out alone, but I saw a yoga studio 1 mile away and though "why not" That was 3 months ago. I go twice a week. My body is changing shape, I have somewhere to go and feel like a new person physically and mentally. I do get some spasms; but so what - I am tired but so what. I am NOT depressed anymore, my body is looking better. I have some place to be. It has helped some with balance and I don't feel bad in between for resting. I recommend it to everyone. It has been a life saver, a life changer for me. It's so do-able and feels great to stretch. If you get a spasm, slow down.. I can't tell you how much this means to me that "I" have a purpose, a place to be, and the knowing it's so healthy. Depression sometimes, but rarely now. I accept my limitations now. GO TO YOGA!
- —Guest Eileen
I heart yoga
- It definitely has helped with my balance and fatigue. I do Wii fit yoga, but it still seems to work. I do have little symptoms, however, so I can't say how much it will help with those who have pretty severe symptoms. Why not try, though?
- —Guest vinagirl
- I attend an adaptive yoga class. Our teacher is wonderful, tailoring yoga for all levels of ability. Sometimes after work I can barely move but go to yoga class anyway and a miracle happens. Yoga is calming and restorative and can do wonders for spastic, weak muscles.
- —Guest tomten
yoga is amazing
- I was diagnosed in December when my legs went numb. I forced myself to continue yoga even though I found it difficult to balance and hold certain poses. My legs are back to normal (almost!) and I continue to do yoga 3-4 times/week. I'm not sure if it’s helping my physical symptoms but I am 100% sure that it's helping me mentally deal with my diagnosis. Yoga is amazing...
I don't know what I'd do without Yoga!
- I have been practicing yoga for the past 10+ years. I do other kinds of exercising like pilates, cardio (walking, biking, etc), weights. I do yoga 1-2 days of the week, and then a variety of the other things on the other days. When I do the other workouts, I always start with the sun salutaions (yoga) to warm up. It gets my body moving and breathing! On some days, if my legs have bothered me and I've had a stressful day, I do a little bit before bed. It's great to end your day with as well. During weeks that I am not feeling quite up to par, I only do yoga. I can't sing it's praises enough!! Anyone thinking about trying it should definitely give it a chance. There are all levels, so you can start where you feel comfortable. It's good for the body and the soul :o)
- —Guest Tracy
- I also have had trouble sticking with yoga but i can tell you that when i go to yoga class and do my tapes i feel a lot better. I think part of it is that i stop eating fast food and start eating more fruits and vegetables. I just do everything more mindfully i guess- my teacher really emphasizes that. I am going to start yoga again after thinking about how good it is for me and writing this!