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Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis


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Learn how to harness the therapeutic power of yoga for reducing Multiple Sclerosis symptoms

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Starting a Yoga Practice with MS. 3. Sequence of Asana. 4. Pranayama and Meditation. 5. Asana and Pranayama for Symptom Relief and Management. 6. Advice for Yoga Teachers. 7. Diet and Lifestyle. Afterword. Resources. Appendix. References. Index.

About the Author

Garth McLean is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, C-IAYT yoga therapist and founding board and faculty member of Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics. He regularly travels internationally teaching yoga classes, and workshops for managing MS symptoms with yoga. Garth has MS and has managed to keep his symptoms in remission through a daily practice of yoga with no ongoing medication. He lives in California, USA.


Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis looks like many other Iyengar-based books: detailed instructions, many photos, adaptations, and of course, props. The magic is McLean's uses of his embodied theater sensibility to bring the reader into the lived experience of MS. What a treasure for students and professionals to glimpse the ups and downs of yoga and MS in a way that breathes life into a powerful guide that's not just for MS, but every yoga practice.
*Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD, C-IAYT, director of SmartSafeYoga, past president of IAYT, and international pain and yoga safety expert. www.smartsafeyoga.com*

In Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis, Garth McLean captures the true essence that adopting a yoga practice can have for a practitioner at any level - the potential for transformation of body and mind.

Steeped in his own personal experience with MS, Garth shares his journey in a clear, compassionate and accessible way. Others who may struggle with the challenges of MS are offered a pathway to help overcome obstacles of a frightening and unpredictable health challenge.

Coupled with his personal experience with Iyengar Yoga, McLean offers an invaluable resource punctuated with illuminative photographs and skillful insight to further aid the practitioner, yoga teachers and other professionals.

Underpinned by yogic philosophy, this exciting resource transcends the physical practice, offering any student of yoga hope in times of uncertainty.
*Patricia Walden, Advanced Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher*

This book by Garth McLean is a boon for yoga teachers as well individuals with multiple sclerosis [MS]. Garth's rare experience as a patient of MS, an Iyengar Yoga practitioner as well as teacher is beautifully reflected in this well-balanced, illustrated step-by-step approach in his book. A neurological condition, which expresses in one's youth can be quite stressful and demotivating but the book will provide new hopes and means to lead a happy life.
*Rajvi H Mehta, Editor, Yoga Rahasya, teacher, Iyengar Yogashraya, Mumbai*

What an amazingly, good, useful, valuable, and impressive work and service! Garth's life story is exemplary in his chosen path of Iyengar Yoga to help him thrive with MS--an inspiration for everyone! His book is clearly presented for anyone to follow and understand. The black and white photos are clear and clarifying. Above all, it will greatly benefit those with MS to take up a practice that will enhance their lives as well as for yoga teachers to help guide their students who have MS. This book is clearly a classic that will keep on giving.
*Lois Steinberg, Ph.D., CIYT Advanced 2, C-IAYT*

When knowledge and experience can come together, it can synthesise something beautiful. Garth McLean's book is a testament to precisely that.
This book is honest, clear and straightforward. It creates channels of hope, courage and confidence for those affected by MS.
*Abhijata Iyengar*

This is such a well-written, educational, and inspiring book, that I can highly recommend it for students and teachers in any lineage, not just Iyengar. In addition, Garth's honesty and thoroughness about his comprehensive, integrative approach to managing his disease lends to the credibility and value of this book
*John Kepner, Executive Director, International Association of Yoga Therapists*

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