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Thursday, September 24, 2009

What is Multiple Sclerosis and why yoga?

MS is an autoimmune disease with an estimated prevalence of between 400,000 and 500,000 people in the United States and 2.7 million worldwide. 18,000 people in Michigan are diagnosed with MS. 

Quality of life is known to be impaired in those with MS due to multiple factors, including physical disability, MS-associated fatigue, and pain. Weakness, spasticity (muscle stiffness or contraction), fatigue, ataxia (difficulty moving) and sensory loss, can lead to significant balance and mobility loss, with increased risk of falls.

The practice of yoga has been shown to improve balance, coordination, strength, and flexibility. Depression, anxiety, and decreased cognitive function are also common challenges faced by people with MS. Yogic breathing practices, meditation, and postures have been shown to decrease anxiety and depression, and increase subjective well-being, as well as cognitive function, in healthy populations and in people with a number of chronic diseases. The results of one randomized clinical trial of yoga for MS which has been published, case studies, and the experiences of many people, indicate that yoga is helpful for people with MS.

For more information about our MS yoga partner, Yoga Spirit Wellness www.yogaspiritwellness.com


  1. In 2006, Laura Lawes was diagnosed with Multiple Scelrosis and given a life expectancy of one year. Three years later, she was not only living strong, but she gave birth to her first son. It was called "a miracle birth". These miracles are possible today, because of the work organizations, such as yourself, have done. Here, at Disease.com (a website dedicated to disease preventions and treatments) we are inspired by stories such as this, and would like to join you in fighting this cause. If you could, please list us as a resource or host our social book mark button, it would be much appreciated. Lets create more of these miracles; together.If you want more information on that please email me back with the subject line as your URL.

  2. The pattern of multiple sclerosis varies from person to person. There is no way to predict how each person’s condition will progress. The common types as seen in most patients are divided into:
    Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS): A majority (about 85%) of people with MS receive an initial diagnosis of RRMS. This type of MS is characterized by definite periods where symptoms may fade (remissions) and then recur (relapse) at random for many years and the person may or may not recover entirely from the relapses.for more information: