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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yoga: Giving Yourself The Gift Of Good Health During Midlife

Written By: Cathy Chester April 29, 2014

Yesterday I returned to a yoga class after an absence of a year and a half.  A frozen shoulder prevented me from attending the weekly class I love. I also missed Sheila, my gifted and compassionate instructor who arrived to class with a book of “Yoga for People with Multiple Sclerosis” and “Yoga For People Over 50″ in hand. She didn’t need the books, but having them endeared her to me even more.
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Now that I’m back in the yoga saddle again, I thought I’d repost something I wrote in 2012. If you’re looking for a way to sleep better, heal aches and pains, keep sickness at bay, improve flexibility, strengthen muscles, improve balance, help to prevent arthritis, keep your spinal discs supple, get your blood flowing, alleviate stress and worry, or lower blood sugar and LDL, yoga is perfect for you!  Read on:
“The body is your temple.  Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.”  ~B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health
When I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis I was 28 years old and in good physical shape.  I worked in Manhattan and walked 16 blocks from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to my office – in rain, snow or sunshine.
At the time, I lived in Weehawken, New Jersey, a township located along the Hudson River overlooking Manhattan.  Each day, after returning to my apartment, I’d slip into my workout clothes and pop my new Jane Fonda Workout video into my VCR (for those of you too young to know what a VCR is, it is a video cassette recorder).
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