Yoga Training for Neurological Disease Offered in Indy
Sep 02, 2014 01:49PM
Exercise in general is highly encouraged for disease management of any kind, but yoga in particular is recommended for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It’s typically progressive with symptoms including numbness, impairment of speech and muscular coordination, blurred vision and severe fatigue.
Yoga is an individualized and highly adaptable workout, making it ideal for MS patients that have varying mobility. Poses and breathing techniques emphasize posture and balance, as well as educate about muscle location for strengthening and stretching. Also, as tension is released during yoga, stress is decreased and the body feels more energized, helping to combat severe fatigue.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society encourages yoga as a complementary treatment for MS, but recommends finding teachers with experience in adapting yoga to meet individual needs. Therefore, the Indiana State Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is teaming up with breath∙life∙yoga to bring Karen O’Donnell Clarke, E-RYT 500, to Indianapolis to teach adaptive yoga to yoga professionals.
Clarke has presented Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis (TAYMS) nationally since 2003, living almost symptom-free from her own MS for that entire time period. TAYMS is a workshop designed to give experienced yoga teachers and healthcare professionals training in adaptive yoga techniques for individual students in group settings that have neurological health conditions. While the focus is on multiple sclerosis, this skills-based workshop is applicable to other students requiring an adaptive approach.
Founded on the Integrative Yoga Therapy model of whole person wellness, the program includes practical information for yoga teachers and a model for integrating yoga philosophy into practices so that teachers can creatively address the many different stressors and limitations that can result from having MS.
The workshop will take place Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21 and meets the Yoga Alliance standard for up to 18 Continuing Education Units.