Combat Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with Yoga

yogamsMany yoga teachers, therapists and some even some allopathic doctors do recommend yoga to everyone. The strengths of yoga come from its ability to decrease stress, battle fatigue and increase flexibility and muscle strength, as well as improve one’s quality of life. In fact, there have been even been experiences of people curing themselves through yoga.

I first read Eric Small’s book, Yoga for MS, after I had been diagnosed with MS in 2006. I got in touch by email soon and he shared his story with me. Eric Small was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) when he was just 22. After trying various therapies, he learnt yoga from renowned guru BKS Iyengar. “Regardless of what MS symptoms may arise, the asanas can be adapted for continued practice. You do not have to wrap your legs behind your ears or stand on your head. Anyone can do yoga – even sitting in a wheelchair or lying in bed,” he told me, adding, “Yoga is invaluable for people with MS as it does give us power to exercise”

Other than the yoga asanas described beautifully by Eric in his book, it was his will to continue doing yoga till the age of 70 that inspired me and gave me a lot of hope.

I would definitely recommend yoga to everyone, not just those with MS or any other health challenge as it does have the power of making us feel better in body, mind and spirit.

Yoga has indeed made me feel much better and more in control of my life. I have never had any relapses since 2006 and have never been on any medication. Still, the real ‘cure’ for me came from alternate therapies like acupressure and notably, acupuncture. Now, that is another story in itself.

I would like people to know that complementary therapies do work but they do need our patience and perseverance.


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