Robin Rothenberg

Increasing Prana – Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis

Categorie(s): Health and Wellness, Yoga,

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am PST

In 2010, after years of working with students with MS and other neurological conditions, Robin was asked to develop a program specifically for The MS Center at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington. Synchronistically, the same week that she was hired at the hospital, her husband of 33 years was diagnosed with MS. As a result, this past year has been a veritable crash course for Robin as she has delved into the nature of the disease, learning about the various types of MS and treatment protocols. Even more so, drawing on her 25 years of work in the field of yoga therapy and alternative health, Robin has been exploring what it means to live with MS and how yoga, diet and lifestyle can make an impact on an individual’s energy, quality of life and sense of well-being.

Scientific studies have shown that yoga addresses the two primary challenges for people with MS: stress and fatigue. The relationship between these two is clearly symbiotic: as stress goes up, so does fatigue. The key to a supportive yoga practice for MS is to creatively adapt postures to avoid over-exertion, while pacing the sequence with breath and meditation to soothe the nervous system and boost energy. Robin has developed a unique combination of practices that supports stress reduction, core strength, increased circulation, flexibility and proprioception (balance). These practices are safe for students with ambulatory limitation, who rely on canes, walkers or wheelchairs. In this hour, Robin will orchestrate a mini-yoga practice taught from a chair. She will share insights she has gleaned from working with this specific group, interspersing yoga philosophy and neuroscience through the practice to instruct students and teachers alike on how yoga can provide a rejuvenative means to support greater health and confidence.

Speaker Bio: back pain, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Her ground-breaking work in the field of yoga research has been written about in the New York Times, Seattle Times, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga and Natural Health. She continues to work in the field of Read full bio »