Yoga as an Experimental Intervention for Cognition in Multiple Sclerosis

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YOGA
MULTIPLE sclerosis
YOGA techniques
YOGA training & conditioning
YOGA for people with disabilities
COGNITIVE ability
THERAPEUTICS

Abstract:In order to study the possible effects of Yoga on cognitive function in multiple sclerosis (MS), we have set up six-month-long classes that meet for 90 minutes once a week. The format for the class follows the Iyengar approach to Hatha-Yoga, which utilizes props such as chairs, blankets, or straps that aid the less supple/strong body in achieving the Yoga poses. In particular, people with MS can suffer from balance problems, limb weakness, numbness, and fatigue. Iyengar Yoga thus lends itself particularly well to formulating a class for students with MS. This paper describes the actual Yoga intervention for people with MS and discusses some of the problems in experimental design and logistics encountered in setting up the study.

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