Larissa recalls how performing yoga has improved her multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms.
So in 2000, I was diagnosed with MS. I was on a wheelchair. I had no feeling from my waist down and a friend of mine said to me, “To deal with some of your symptoms you may want to go and take a yoga class.” So I started on a disease modifying therapy. In addition to that, I went and took a yoga class.
I felt a little funny about going to yoga because I thought I really couldn’t do it. I thought that it was going to be too difficult for me. By the time I got to my yoga class I was walking with two canes and I went into the class thinking, “There’s no way I am going to be able to do this,” and I left the class thinking “Wow, I can really do this,” and it was awesome.
Yoga helps me on a day-to-day basis with my symptoms because MS is really a day-to-day symptomatic disease and so, the disease modifying therapies treat you long-term, but the day-to-day stuff is the stuff that we really have a problem with. And so, yoga has helped me with my symptoms by relieving some of the things that I experience.
And so, from what I have learned about my MS and I know that yoga helps me with my day-to-day symptoms. My partner, ‘You Can Do It Yoga For MS’, and I have put together this DVD in hopes that we can help spread the word that yoga actually does help deal with your day-to-day symptoms.
Well it’s important to exercise, keep yourself fit and being fit will help you feel better, and if you feel better then you are going to be better, and doing yoga really makes me feel better. And I think that a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest and you have to choose which one of those things you’d like to be.