Yoga for MS

This pilot study was found to be feasible and safe for people with moderate disability due to MS. Wonderfully, these 8 weeks of yoga were found to have a positive effect on physical performance, mental function, and quality of life in people with moderate MS-related disability, and statistically significant improvement was noted in several variables.

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Mar 06, 2017
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28243184

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system.

In MS, the coating around nerve fibres (called myelin) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms. More than 100,000 people in the UK have MS. Symptoms usually start in a person's 20s and 30s and it affects almost three times as many women as men.

A recent meta-analysis concluded that yoga was more effective than usual care in improving mood and perceived fatigue in people with MS. In this new pilot study linked here, 14 participants attended twice-weekly 90-minute yoga sessions included yoga philosophy, breathing practices (pranayama), postures (asanas), meditation, and deep relaxation. In total, 16 classes were provided across 8 weeks. In addition, participants were provided with instructions for home practice that was to be performed on the days that class did not meet.

This pilot study was found to be feasible and safe for people with moderate disability due to MS. Wonderfully, these 8 weeks of yoga were found to have a positive effect on physical performance, mental function, and quality of life in people with moderate MS-related disability, and statistically significant improvement was noted in several variables. Many of the improvements observed at post-intervention carried over to follow-up. Researchers concluded that their findings suggest that yoga is a safe and effective intervention for individuals with moderate MS-related disability when adequate supervision and safety measures are used.

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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