Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis

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    This pose is classically done in padmasana, the lotus position. That aspect of it is rarely possible in the presence of any significant lower extremity spasticity. Any comfortable position, sitting or standing, is compatible with what follows. Unduly forcing the hips and knees into this position is clearly dangerous and should not be undertaken. However, if there is sufficient safe range of motion, the lotus position can be attained while sitting on a flat surface or a pillow. Photo credit: Donal...Read More
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    Just as a runner may put weights around his ankle, putting himself at a disadvantage in order to strengthen his legs, a person with balance deficit may close his eyes in order to challenge that very faculty, sharpening his or her kinesthetic sense and response to inner-ear stimuli. That is the point of this pose, which also bears close resemblance to the medical “Romberg test.” Photo credit: Donal Halloway, Luis Ramirez, and Robert Troy What To Do Stand with the feet close together and parallel,...Read More
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    Robert came to my early morning class, referred by some mutual friends. He had been diagnosed three years before. His symptoms were fatigue, numbness in the legs, spastic hand-grip, diplopia, and the inability to concentrate for any length of time. There was a reluctance to share his problems with associates at work. He was afraid that he would lose his position and livelihood. He was becoming more and more isolated and depressed. His wife was a successful professional, and they had two young children....Read More

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Loren Fishman

Loren Martin Fishman, MD, BPhil, attended Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical School and received his certification to teach yoga from the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Poona, India. He is Assistant Clinical Professor in Rehabilitation at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is also previously held positions as President of the New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Treasurer of the Manhattan Institute for Cancer Research (Philanthropy).

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