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Yoga Festival Designed to Help MS Sufferers

March 8, 2017

People with multiple sclerosis looking to try yoga have an event tailored just for them.
The Mind & Mobility Yoga Festival, presented by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 at Topeekeegee-Yugnee Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood, FL.

“We want people to know that regardless of your ability, anyone can do yoga,’’ said Nathalie Sloane, the foundation’s development director.

The free event will bring guided meditation sessions and adaptive yoga to help people with MS in calming anxiety and stretching based on their particular challenges. For example, if someone has balance issues or trouble walking, the yoga can be done sitting in a chair or wheelchair, or lying on a mat. Belts, blankets and straps can also be incorporated to provide support.

“The yoga will be adaptive or accessible to all levels. The instructors are all trained for that. We will have chairs for people who want to do yoga in chairs,” Sloane said.

Alex Issaev, director of the Krama Yoga Institute in Davie and Weston, said yoga can help improve blood circulation, which can be slower in MS patients. He will lead gentle exercises at the festival, and said he and his fellow instructors will work one-on-one with anyone who needs assistance.

Though there is no cure for the condition, he said yoga can help participants “start feeling healthy and happy again,” adding “but you need to make it a lifestyle.”

The festival coincides with National MS Education and Awareness Month, which is March, and is a first for the Fort Lauderdale-based nonprofit foundation, also known as MS Focus. There will be informational booths, food trucks and a children’s area.

The Mind & Mobility Yoga Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 at Topeekeegee-Yugnee Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood. Donations are welcomed at the door. Gates open at 8 a.m. For more information, visit msfocus.us/MMFL2017 or call 954-776-6805.

Via Sun-Sentinel