March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month
Mindy Eisenberg, Author of ‘Adaptive Yoga: Moves Any Body,’
created for people with MS and neuromuscular conditions
Yoga Moves MS provides donation-only yoga classes in SE Michigan
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. There is a lot we don’t know about Multiple Sclerosis.
Mindy Eisenberg’s life has been touched by the disease from an early age when her mother was diagnosed with progressive MS. Now, she’s trying to do something about it. She started Yoga Moves MS movement to help combat the disease. “I didn’t really know, exactly, how to help her. She had a lot of spasms, a lot of discomfort… and she became more and more immobile.”
Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a terrible, debilitating disease that affects millions of Americans. It can cause numbness or weakness, rigidity, loss of vision, painful spasms that have feel like electric shock, tremors, and an unsteady gait taking a toll on the brain too. Patients are plagued by anxiety, fatigue, and depression. Exercising, or even just an increase in body temperature, can set off an attack.
Years later, a friend introduced Mindy to yoga. She fell in love and eventually decided to train to become an instructor. “When I finished the training, someone said to me, ‘they’re looking for a volunteer to teach yoga at the MS Society.’
She has provided yoga therapy to individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, and neuromuscular conditions in southeastern Michigan for over 11 years. As a perpetual student, she seeks to learn from the best yoga and meditation instructors in the country. Her experience as a hospital administrator at the University of Michigan Medical Center contributes to her ability to bring the Yoga Moves philosophy of healing and the importance of the mind-body relationship to the health-care arena. Eisenberg holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan.
Eisenberg founded, Yoga Moves MS, which provides donation-only small group yoga classes for individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis. She sees firsthand the benefits of yoga to the students attending classes throughout metro Detroit. Eisenberg and nine other instructors teach at multiple locations throughout the region, including Southfield, Rochester, Bloomfield, Novi, St. Clair Shores and the newest location in Detroit.
After years of teaching what Eisenberg saw was there were plenty of yoga videos and books but none tailored with her clients in mind. Therefore “Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body” was born. Eisenberg has taken Yoga and made it easy and fun with demonstrative photos and descriptions that make each yoga position easy to understand and duplicate. This book is very well suited for patients with Multiple Sclerosis as well as for many other neurological conditions. A recent study showed that just six months of continuous yoga significantly reduces fatigue in people with MS. Fatigue has been known to be disabling for 80 percent of MS patients if not kept in check.
The Yoga Moves MS approach is multifaceted – the team tailors a program to the whole person using the disciplines of structural and therapeutic yoga, breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques. The goal: Helping a student become more comfortable in his/her body. “Catching glimpses of the small miracles experienced by our students during class motivates me,” says Eisenberg. “If a student walks better after class or is able to lift her leg into the car when she was not able to do so on the way to class, we know we are making a difference in people’s lives.”
About Yoga Moves MS
Yoga Moves MS provides donation-only small group yoga classes for individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis and neuromuscular conditions. Mindy Eisenberg and nine other instructors teach at multiple locations throughout the region, including Southfield, Rochester, Bloomfield, Novi, St. Clair Shores and the newest location in Detroit.
For print purposes: For a list of times and locations visit: http://www.yogamovesms.org/
[email protected] 248.417.5985
Here are what the experts have to say about Adaptive Yoga: Moves Any Body
“A program of active exercise and often formal physical and occupational therapy are integral and important parts of a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with multiple sclerosis as well as many other chronic neurological diseases. A large number of my patients have been involved in various yoga programs and the benefits are clear. Yoga helps them physically, providing help with balance, core and extremity strength and with coordination. Perhaps of equal importance many report beneficial effects on their mood and outlook. In this book, Mindy Eisenberg provides guidelines on yoga which can be used as part of an active supervised program or a self-guided approach that may prove helpful to patients as well, I am sure, to others who have no major neurological disorders but are looking for a program to benefit their general and mental health.
ROBERT P LISAK, MD, FRCP (E), FAAN, FAN A, PARKER WEBBER C”HAIR IN NEUROLOGY, PROFESSOR OF NEUROLOGY, PROFESSOR OF IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOGY, WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DETROIT, MI
“Mindy Eisenberg has been a role model for those teaching adaptive yoga. In addition, her energy and drive to provide free yoga to those living with multiple sclerosis has motivated hundreds of people to use yoga as a tool to better their lives. Her grace, compassion and years of service have inspired those souls stepping into the yoga path. Mindy’s book Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body is an easy to follow guide for anyone living with or without a physical limitation: away to improve their mobility and have a brighter tomorrow.” NATHALIE SLOANE, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FOUNDATION
Adaptive Yoga Moves Any Body
Product Details $39.95
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Orange Cat Press; 1st edition (2015)
ISBN-10: 0692432434 ISBN-13: 978-0692432433