Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis: How 8 Weeks of Yoga Can Help

How yoga can help improve mobility and quality of life for people living with the debilitating disease

Last month was Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month; 
in welcome news, yoga can help improve mobility and quality of life 
for people living with the debilitating disease. In a recent Rutgers 
University study, women with MS learned about yoga philosophy and practiced deep-breathing exercises and restorative poses for 9o minutes twice a week. After eight weeks, they were better able to walk for short distances and longer periods of time, had better fine-motor coordination, and showed improvements in balance while reaching backward. They also reported less pain and fatigue than when they started the trial, according to the researchers. To find an MS-friendly yoga class, teacher, or video based on location and symptoms, contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (nationalmssociety.org, 8oo-344-4867). See also 5 Yoga Poses for People with Multiple Sclerosis