Using Yoga for MS Symptom Relief
Breathing and stretching are great, but it’s the versatility of yoga that makes it an ideal exercise for MS patients.
Watch the video above to learn about the benefits of yoga for MSers, or read the written summary below.
Which MS Symptoms Can Yoga Relieve?
With a regular yoga practice, you can expect:
- Fewer muscle spasms
- Less muscle weakness
- Better bladder control
- Less fatigue
The Emotional Aspect of Yoga
Yoga can teach you to look at the bright side and calm your mind, which will have far-reaching effects on your confidence and motivation.
How to Stay Safe and Reap the Rewards
Yoga can’t cure your MS, but it can improve your control over your symptoms — just be careful not to overextend yourself.
Choose the Right Practice
Hatha yoga is the best style to start with.
You’ll learn to unite your breath with gentle muscle movements to relax and strengthen each major muscle group, with relatively little dynamic movement.
Find the Right Teacher for You
Find an instructor trained in working with people with disabilities.
Don’t be afraid to look around before settling on a teacher, and ask as many questions as you need to.
Stick With It
Doctors and yoga instructors suggest practicing yoga three times a week for the biggest benefit.
Start slowly, aiming for twice a week to begin with.
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