Yoga helping patients with Multiple Sclerosis

Exercises increases mobility and balance

By Kristi Krueger - Anchor/Health Reporter

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Exercise is important for all of use but especially for women with multiple sclerosis.

It's a disease that attacks the central nervous system causing numbness, fatigue and even paralysis.

Yoga is one way a group of women in Hallandale Beach are fighting back.

"It helps strengthen my body so that I feel more relaxed and can move better," said Patricia Dottin.

"A lot of people don't understand that the real purpsoe of yoga is to quite the mind. This mind chatter that we all carry around in our heads that keeps us up at night is one of the causes of stress," said instructor Rosa Santana.

Studies show stress can make the symptoms of MS even worse, so reducing tension can help increase mobility and balance.

Santana came up with the idea to tailor some of her yoga classes for people with MS.

Using props, help from others and variations of certain postures and positions, the class encourages clients to push themselves and think big.

"It's a feeling that I can do, I can still do things, and not let go," said participant Robin Cohen.

"We do it in such a way that they don't have any fear but actually overcome their fears and get empowered by the difference they can see in their bodies," said Santana.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society helps pay for the classes.

There are about 6,000 people in South Florida living with MS.

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