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As a yoga teacher, I'm always looking for resources, because many of my students have at least one health issue. I find that books written for one condition can also be helpful for others. The poses in this book are so helpful for students who have a chronic condition such as MS, but also for those who are recovering from an injury or who have limited mobility for other reasons. I just used the hand stretches in a flow class because the students in that class are "keyboard warriors" and work in the tech industry. Arthritis in the wrists and stiff hands are common complaints.
The book is clearly written; the author's voice comes across as warm and caring. The alternatives are described well, and I feel that I could use this book in a chair yoga class for seniors as well. It was extremely helpful to have a model for the poses; to see the poses in a real student is quite helpful.
I LOVED this book. As a yoga teacher myself, I am always looking for new ways to serve my students. I happen to suffer from severe arthritis in my wrists. I also teach classes to people who have received organ transplants. The combination of dealing with my own medical condition while trying to stay inspired to teach others with their separate medical needs has been challenging. This book has inspired me--not only in my own personal practice, but also in my desire to present new, effective poses to my students. There are detailed explanations of each yoga pose, and plenty of modifications throughout. Although this book was written with MS in mind, it's a resource for anyone that wants to feel better in body and mind. This book is a wonderful reminder that yoga is for EVERYBODY!
What if a few simple, daily moves could boost your mobility, and give you a greater sense of ease, calm and control in your life?
In this simple-to-use guide, Paula Strupeck Gardner starts you off with simple yoga poses to do just that - and then adds in short movement sequences (from 10 to 25 mins.), calming breathing sequences, and even online videos to guide you - so you may grow a movement practice ideal for you.
Paula's love, care and gentle guidance shine through, as she shares these poses she's used successfully with her own MS students for over 20 years, as she shares them now with you to enhance your life - and is also giving 20% net profits from this book to the MS Society, MS Focus and other local MS groups.
Highest recommendation to help you thrive in the face of challenges from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s, Myasthenia Gravis, Fibromyalgia, Cancer, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the peace that results from your regular chair yoga practice.
In the intro to this book, the author says that if you're breathing, you can do yoga. In my head, I kinda went, yeah yeah. By the middle of the book, she had me convinced.
There are modifications here for almost every post I remember from my (years ago) yoga classes. But they're simplified and doable. And they still work!!
That's the bit that really hit home. As I was reading the first few pages, I spontaneously sat up straighter - and it felt so good. I did the shoulder shrugs and the modified forward bend, and my body began to remember what it was like to move deeply.
I'm keeping this book open on my kindle. to remind me that being in my chair for most of the day doesn't mean I can't do yoga anymore.
I love this book! I found myself feeling calmer just reading through. The descriptions of each pose were very detailed. You’re able to picture the movement while reading. While reading the different breathing exercises I found myself doing a slow long even deep breath in and out. I personally feel there is something for everyone in this book. You really don’t have to leave your chair to feel better than when you started. I highly RECOMMEND this book!
As a yoga teacher I am always looking for new books to help guide and teach me more. This book is something I will personally use. I will use in my personal practice and then will use to help my students. It's a fresh approach with details and lots of experience behind it. Its easy to understand. I highly recommend this book and I am only half way through it.
This book is clearly laid out in terms of the author's yoga philosophy and the step-by-step chair instructions and visual aid of each pose. Helpful Hints are generously offered so the reader feels guided with love. As a Yoga Studio Owner and Instructor, I'm certain I will reference this book many times. A great addition to my collection of Yoga Books!
I have been blessed to have practice with Paula for many years. She allowed me to audit her MS class. I was blown away. The mantras, props and postures are useful for all. I recently suffered an injury that limited my regular practice. I look forward to a new daily practice that this publication and video series will give me. NOW it is in writing for all. Buy it for yourself, read/use it. Then gift it to every person you think this will help. I guess my Christmas shopping is done! Thank you, Ms Gardner. Anne Matty, you were absolutely a beautiful (and helpful, encouraging) model! Blessings to all who worked on this important work!
I was thrilled to come across this book in my effort to build some additional movement and stretching into my daily work routine, which is at a desk most days. I don’t have MS, but battle an autoimmune disease that flares up and makes it difficult to move. I am grateful for the detail and photos that make it easy to learn the poses. I was thankful for the routines that could be fit in on a break and right at my desk! I love how encouraging the author is to do what you can and at the pace that feels good for you. “It All Counts!!”
Amazing book! The author introduces each pose with such knowledge and compassion. I love the attitude that pain is, in fact, not a good thing. And instead if stretching... to think of softening. While it’s written for people confined to chairs , this book is inspired and will make you feel better... no matter who you are.