I have been teaching yoga to persons with Multiple Sclerosis for 10 years and I have had many of the same amazingly dedicated students for these 10 years. They come to class even though they may be in pain, having difficulty walking, suffering fatigue, anxiety and/or depression and, they leave the class feeling great with comments like, “I feel much better now”, or “this is the closest to pain free I have been in many years”. It’s these smiling faces and these powerful words that keep me believing in the power of yoga and all it has to offer to persons with disabilities. This is the reason I partnered with Chuck Burmeister, a fellow yoga teacher, who also has MS, to create a DVD, “Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis”. Through this DVD, we can offer yoga to those who live in other areas and may not have access to MS yoga classes or who may be afraid to try yoga or have difficulty getting out of the house. You can purchase our DVD through my blog site as well as through Amazon. You can connect with us on our Facebook Page, Real Yoga, LLC.
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When I first started teaching yoga I really wanted to help people physically, mentally and spiritually. This has forever remained my daily intention. I feel so privileged to have been teaching yoga for 10 years to people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). They are like family to me. The students are so dedicated; most have been coming for years. I have witnessed the ways in which yoga impacts the MS clients. They often arrive at class with fatigue, pain and some depression. At the conclusion of our Yoga class they express how much better they feel and leave with a smile.
After a couple years of discussion and utilizing our combined knowledge, Chuck Burmeister, a fellow yoga teacher, and I have launched a new business and DVD.We paired up to create the “Real Yoga for MS” DVD with the purpose of providing my current MS students a tool for home practice as well as helping others with MS who have limited or no access to a yoga class. Chuck has reaped many benefits from a daily yoga practice for his MS. “Real Yoga for MS” is also suitable for those recovering from illness, injury or those looking for a gentler practice. The practices on the DVD consist of some of the poses (asanas) that have benefited my students the most. We’ve included a floor practice, some of which may be done in bed, a chair session, a care-giver section, as well as a more active practice. There are many added bonuses, resulting in an informative Yoga DVD. I see the “Real Yoga for MS” DVD far reaching as an extension of my intent of helping people.