Missing from the photo: Barbara, Julie, Kathy, Patty Anne, Peggy
Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis
December 1 - 2, 2007
This was my first trip to Michigan - it's December! Cold and snowy weather are a given. When Mindy Eisenberg approached me about going to Michigan for this workshop, I said it has be before Thanksgiving or late spring next year. As it turned out, things fell together for this weekend, due in no small part to Mindy's dedication and determination. In spite of the weather, 32 people came to the Sunday morning program! Mindy did an amazing job of organizing this workshop and recruiting the Sunday participants.
The Franklin Athletic Club
hosted this event in a private banquet room. We received amazing customer service from the staff. They even helped us set and pack things back into the car. If you live in the Southfield area, check out this amazing facility.
It was an honor and my very great pleasure to work with the teachers and students during this weekend workshop. I am so grateful that teachers are interested in teaching adaptive yoga for people who have multiple sclerosis as well as other student populations needing adaptive yoga. There is so much evidence that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Comments from teachers:
Karen did a wonderful job of creating an atmosphere of mutual learning and trust while conveying well rounded info about MS, the appropriate use of asana and asana modifications within the context of yoga as a philosophy and life style. Learning from Karen enhanced my ability to offer my students even more modifications. For me, since I already work with cancer, cardiac, people with fibromyalgia, etc, the training was a fantastic reinforcement of what I am doing. I have never attended training run by a teacher trained at Kripalu, and I liked learning more about that and being exposed in general to new information. I also liked revisiting some of the yogic principles that we learned about in my 200 RYT training. I liked how Karen “named” the poses things easy to remember, to increase the likelihood people may do them at home (i.e. “How wonderful”, the “yes’ pose for opening up thru the neck and shoulders, the “no” pose to stretch the neck, etc). I will use this training to open myself to even more teaching opportunities in general and the knowledge will enhance my sensitivity to all practitioners, not just those with MS or some other health challenge. ~ Kathy Forgrave
Great handouts, very comprehensive. Sparked my creativity. In my daily practice, I am inspired to try to reach out to more people with MS diagnosis. I take away increased confidence, increased awareness. Waht a great need this is in our community. ~ Jenny Hildreth, P.T.
Excellent organization and clarity, very comprehensive. So attentive to students needs. Excellent, very practical. I haven't been to a program that has touched my heart in the way you were able to. I hope to find a way to work with you again. ~ Mindy Eisenberg
Comments from community workshop students:
Attending the session helped direct me to return to teaching yoga and find a certification program. If it was not for Karen's willing to do the workshop, this would have never happened. You were very inspiring. ~ Joy
Breathe...you can relax now...
Props for foot drop / foot and leg spasticity
Guided visualization...very relaxing
Shavasana feels good...