Students arrive with a range of symptoms, from a movement disorder to full-fledged Multiple Sclerosis. The poses and lessons of yoga help keep students nimble and stave off muscle tightness that often develops with MS.
Patient feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. One student said that yoga helped her stop clenching her fists and become more relaxed. Another student claims she no longer has tension or tightness. Another student said, “I feel better when I come to yoga.”
A sense of community is created. Students claim the discussions and class themes, such as diet and lifestyle practices, yogic philosophy and self-empowerment and relaxation techniques, are as important as the stretching and physical movement, as they can share their symptoms and struggles in a supportive and understanding setting.
A recent study showed that just six months of continuous yoga significantly reduces fatigue in people with MS. Fatigue has been known to be disabling for 80 percent of MS patients if not kept in check.
Unlike regular yoga classes, Yoga Moves MS specialty classes include co-teachers so every student gets extra attention and spotting so they feel safe in various poses.
Class fees are based on ability to pay. Scholarships are provided with funding from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and an annual scholarship allowance per student from the National MS Society.
Yoga Spirit and Wellness, LLC under the direction of Mindy Eisenberg offers 4 adaptive weekly yoga classes for MS patients.
- Monday, a Noon class at Red Lotus (1900 S. Livernois, Rochester Hills, MI)
- Tuesdays at noon (22705 Heslip, Novi MI 48347)
- Tuesdays at 7 pm at Congregation Shaarey Zedek (27375 Bell Rd., Southfield, MI 48034)
- Thursdays at 2:15 pm Karma Yoga (3683 W. Maple, Bloomfield Twp., MI 48301)