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Dallas, Texas

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Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis

Dallas, Texas

October 27 - 28, 2007


Coming from a small town in Connecticut, it's rare that I see a facility as large and as comprehensive as the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center.  This was a perfect venue for our program.  Travis Ehrhardt, formerly Clinical Wellness Director for the Fort Worth Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and I teamed up to present this program as a follow up to the NMSS National Leadership Conference in Dallas.  Tori Kormanik was instrumental in making this happen at the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center.  Beth Meyers, a certified yoga teacher who teaches gentle yoga classes that BTLFC, participated in the training in Southlake this past summer.  She graciously assisted this program and made sure that the delicious food from Whole Foods Market arrived on time.  Nothing like a great meal to fuel the body, mind and senses! 


Travis presented on "What is MS?"  He is probably one of the best presenters on this topic relevant to yoga teachers.  Travis apprenticed for a year in California with a man who was doing personal training for people who have MS.  Travis was so taken by the accomplishments and commitments of his clients who have MS that he volunteered for the Fort Worth Chapter of the NMSS.  That lead to a full time position and the opportunity for Travis to pursue his passion - helping people who have MS maintain and improve their physical well being through movement and personal training.  Travis participated in the first Texas sponsored Teaching Adaptive Yoga for MS workshop held at Divine Yoga Center in Southlake in July 2007.  We have become friends and partners in this important area of wellness and I am ever grateful for that.


Through his business, Mind Set Assisted Physical Training, Travis is now a consultant for the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, pursuing his passion for wellness programs that meet the needs of people who have MS.  Contact Travis for information about wellness and physical training programs.


Comments from teachers:

  • Travis did an incredible job of making a disease that is so nebulous make sense.  His passion is contagious.  ~ Tara Munro
  • Travis is very knowledgable, incredible positive energy and joy to be around.  Someone who is doing something they are so passionate about.  Very much needed in the yoga community.  ~ Stephanie Wulfe Epstein
  • I know about 150% more about MS than before.  I think that Travis did a wonderful job at that. I feel as if I can help people who have MS.
  • Travis took a very complicated topic and made it easy for everyone to understand.  ~ Kelly Haynes

  • Dear Karen, I would again like to thank you for such a phenomenal training.  Your training really helped me figure out my specialty, through a round about way!  I've decided, with my husband deployed, that I don't really have enough emotional room in my life to teach yoga for MS.  I will keep it in mind for a later time though.  My grandmother dealt with MS most of her life, so it's definitely an issue I would like to make better.  What your yoga training did for me was plant seed that I think are going to grow into beautiful plants.  I've always wanted to teach pre and post-natal yoga and I put that together with doing yoga for kids.  My new mission is to, once we finally settle down, open a yoga studio with a "yoga for all ages" type theme.  I've already begun research on trainings for both and have found some great resources.

    Your training also gave me some great adaptations for current students that I feel was invaluable!  Thank you so much for your program!!  I am forever grateful.

    One thing I did forget to put on my evaluation that I feel you should know is that I really loved the fact that you left room for tangents.  I felt that you really allowed the group dynamic to flow in the direction that we all needed.  You created a very safe space for everyone to feel heard.  It seems I learned as much from other teachers as from the facilitator!  That's not usual and I appreciated it.  I felt very spiritually fed when the weekend was over!  Again, thank you for your training.  ~ Kelly Haynes
  • Thanks again for the fabulous workshop. I have already applied many of the postures with my clients.  ~ Stephanie


Comments from our host:

  • Hi Karen, I want you to know that your training was one of the most wonderful experiences I’ve ever had. What I learned and experienced still resonates with me today! And I feel sure it will for a long time to come. Thank you.  I would consider it an honor to host any future trainings with you and Travis. Please let me know if I can be of assistance, in any way.  One request, if possible. I am interested in your handout concerning your yoga class policies and procedures for participants. I think this handout may be helpful to our members, especially to our new yoga participants.  Thank you again for contacting me about the training and for helping to reassure me that all was going to go smoothly when I was unsure. You and Travis made it so easy for me and I so appreciate all you did to make it a success. It was a joy working with you two!  ~ Tori Kormanik, Baylor Tom Landry Health and Wellness Center


Workshop photos:


  New friends


  Mirror image down dog


  Leg stretches...feels good