Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis
Eric Small has been exploring the healing benefits of yoga for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for the last 55 years. Along with Dr. Loren Fishman, who has incorporated yoga in his medical practice for more than twenty-five years, they have created an informative and highly respected book for the healing of MS with yoga. The book’s first section provides a series of yoga poses geared towards various levels of ability and function: restorative, wheelchair, chair, seated and floor. The modifications described here can also be easily applied for other types of students with limited mobility.The second section gives specific poses to improve common symptoms and side effects of MS: fatigue, range of motion, spasticity, strength, balance and coordination. A variety of modifications are given for each asana listed here, and again these posture prescriptions can be applied to other types of students. The book’s extensive photography clearly illustrate all the poses and their given modifications. This book is both a highly valuable contribution to the field of yoga therapy and an inspiration to the healing power of yoga.