Chair Yoga Case Study – Relief from the Symptoms of MS
After teaching chair yoga for several years Liz Franklin can testify that it appropriate for almost anyone, even if they are feeling the effects of aging or have physical limitations. 20-somethings that can twist themselves into poses that look impossible – the only prerequisite is that you can sit in a chair, including a wheelchair.
What better way to illustrate how chair yoga has benefited those able to attend a traditional yoga class than to tell it in their own words?
Hi! I'm Keri Rodriguez. I'm a 46-year-old Assessment Crisis Center Specialist. I have been practicing Liz Franklin's Yoga in Chairs® for people with Multiple Sclerosis since the first class in August of 2005.
I came to the first class because I was not willing to give into Multiple Sclerosis. I felt I needed to do whatever I could do to help myself both mentally and physically. I was a little dubious at first because I was not sure I could physically do yoga. Liz showed me how I can succeed!
Liz is a great teacher. She makes every class feel good for us by adapting to our changing needs every week. Every class is a great experience for me. It is so wonderful to be with a group of people who truly understand what it means to live with MS. My success in the class has helped in the rest of my life.
The benefits I have received from my practice are too numerous to list here, but I have more flexibility, more energy, more confidence and it has helped me stay focused and on task. I have learned how to deal with anxiety and stress in a more positive fashion. My job is very high stress and practicing yoga has helped me stay focused on the client I am with at the moment. I also feel I am more centered and less reactive in both my professional and personal life.
Even if you do not think you can do this or that you're going to like it, you need to try because you're going to love it! You can do this. It does not matter where you are physically or mentally, you will be in a better place after you practice. It is so easy to incorporate the lessons into your daily life. It does not take long and it makes your day go so much better.
Source by Mark Franklin