Press Release – (Skillman, N.J.: July 13, 2011 – Revised 08/22/2011)
Next Workshops Yoga for MS:
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society advocates practices such as yoga and tai chi for alleviating symptoms of MS, such as fatigue, numbness in limbs and loss of balance. By emphasizing stretching and breathing, yoga postures (known as asanas) can be profoundly effective at promoting balance, coordination, circulation and mental clarity. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that yoga can be effective at managing the progression of MS. A 2004 study by the Oregon Health & Science University, for example, found that six months of yoga significantly reduced fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis.
“I can walk into a yoga class and feel depression, fatigue, tingling – all the usual symptoms of MS,” says Fernandez, who was diagnosed with MS in 2005 and began exploring yoga to improve his health shortly thereafter. “And when the class is over, none of that is left – there’s no sensation of MS for me. And I know that’s possible for everyone else.”
“Yoga benefits all people, no matter their age, size or physical ability,” adds Deborah Metzgar, Founder and Director of Princeton Yoga. “We’re honored to have a teacher like Dan (Fernandez) bring a program like this to our community.”
Fernandez focuses on yoga as the “middle-path” in life, specifically on the long-term benefits of yoga as a lifestyle that helps regulate the nervous system, reduce stress, bring mindfulness, and tone the body. He also teaches ongoing yoga classes at Princeton Yoga including Yoga for Stress Reduction (Sundays at 10:30 a.m.) and Chair Yoga (Mondays at 3:30 p.m.). Drop-ins are welcome.
“For me and many others with MS, part of the problem is having this Type- A personality where we ignore our bodies and live from the neck up in a self-abusive way,” he explains. “Yoga for MS is really about self-acceptance and getting back in touch with your body and its own healing powers.”
Proper diet, stress management and medicine are also important factors, adds Fernandez, who will touch on those issues during the workshop.
The Yoga for MS workshop is open to all ages/skill levels, as well as individuals with other degenerative illnesses including lupus, fibromyalgia, arthritis and even cancer.
During the month of August, Princeton Yoga will give a portion of community class donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) in Cherry Hill, N.J.
About Princeton Center for Yoga & Health
Featured as one of the top five traditional yoga studios in New Jersey by New Jersey Life magazine, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health (Princeton Yoga) is an independently owned and operated yoga and holistic health center located just 5 minutes from downtown Princeton. A full schedule of yoga classes, holistic programs, training seminars and services are offered mornings, evenings, and weekends. The Center is located at the Montgomery Professional Center, 50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, NJ, one-half mile from the intersection of Routes 206 and 518W. Ample free parking is available. For a full schedule of classes and workshops or directions to the Center, phone 609-924-7294 or visit www.princetonyoga.com.