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Using Yoga for MS Symptom Relief

NewLifeOutlook TeamNewLifeOutlook Team
Jun 1, 2016

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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