Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, unpredictable, and often disabling disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) that results in mild to severe symptoms ranging from numbness of the limbs, poor coordination, and slurred speech to loss of vision, problems with memory and concentration, and even paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from person to person.
Most people with multiple sclerosis learn to cope with the disease and continue to lead satisfying, productive lives. There are some medications that help them manage their symptoms and that slow down the disease. However, exercise and other healthy habits are also essential and effective.
One woman with MS, Cathy Downie, discovered that Dahn Yoga reduced the severity of her symptoms when she began practicing it in 2005. Although she had tried other forms of yoga before with some success, Dahn Yoga worked the best at alleviating her fatigue, pain, and especially her stress. Dahn Yoga also helped her gain mental focus, which can be weakened by multiple sclerosis.
As she improved, Cathy started working with the MS Foundation and the Dahn Foundation to teach Dahn Yoga stretching, breathing, relaxation, energy meditations, and brain exercises to other people with MS. The response of her students was so inspiring that BEST Life Media produced a yoga video in DVD format featuring certified Dahn Yoga Instructor Dawn Quaresima teaching a step-by-step Dahn Yoga program for multiple sclerosis.
The Dahn Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis Yoga Video features interviews with MS patients who have practiced Dahn Yoga. It demonstrates the basics of Dahn Yoga, and teaches viewers how to utilize sitting, standing, and floor positions, how to gain energy through simple breathing techniques, and how to quiet the mind for meditation. Through this yoga video, people with multiple sclerosis can effectively manage many of their symptoms.