What is Yoga for MS?
Yoga is a path of self-enquiry and in Yoga for MS, we use yoga as a therapy for people living with MS. In our classes, we focus on healing and bringing balance to the body and mind through an experiential understanding.
What it is based on?
Yoga for MS at Taming the Walrus is based on the idea that health equals balance and disease equals unbalance. We want to bring back some balance to feel better. This vision is based on Ayurveda, which is one of the oldest medical systems in the world.
Read more about Ayurveda & MS
Does it matter what postures we do?
All yogic tools, that is postures, breathing techniques, or hand gestures have an impact on our health. The key for us is to use yogic tools in such a way as to reduce symptoms and increase energy and well being. Postures as well as sequences are thus important.
Do I need to be flexible?
Yoga is for any body in two words. It doesn’t matter where you are at, as long as you practise mindfully, without trying to “reach” a certain posture. Yoga is not about reaching, it is about feeling comfortable, at ease in a posture. Even if there are some postures you cannot do, you can maybe do a modification, with props or practise an alternative posture which would have the similar effect. This is really really important. Each person needs to find what feels right for her.
“I’m not flexible enough to do yoga”. This is one of the most common answers I get when asking people if they practise yoga. Indeed, many still believe that to reap the benefits of a yoga practice you need to be able to sit in lotus or with both legs behind your head. That couldn’t be further from the truth!
So you’ve decided to start Yoga to feel better and healthier. Congratulations! That’s the first step and it is in the right direction. In this blog entry, I would like to point out some “Do and Don’ts” to help you stay on the right track.