October 23, 2011
Skillman, NJ. On Sunday, October 30, 2011 the Princeton Center for Yoga & Health will host a two-hour program for people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM at the Montgomery Professional Center, 50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, NJ. This is the third event in an ongoing series dedicated to combining the practice of yoga and healthy eating to manage MS. A fourth seminar will be held on Sunday, December 11, 201l.
Dan Fernandez, Certified Yoga Teacher and instructor at Princeton Yoga, has developed a series of programs to address various aspects of life with MS. Fernandez was diagnosed with the disease in 2005. “When I first discovered that I had MS, I felt like I was no longer in control of my life; that my disease was in control,” he explains. “Luckily, I found that through yoga, I could bring back a greater sense of control. Dedication to the practice of yoga not only means taking care of my body through proper movement and breathing, but also how I conduct my life and what kind of food choices I make.” The October 30 program will include tips for food choices that help mitigate the symptoms of MS. For people diagnosed with MS or other autoimmune diseases, maintaining a healthy diet remains a key factor in combating the debilitating aspects of the disease.
The program is meant for all levels of ability and allows people in varying stages of life to learn about the healing benefits of yoga, such as building strength, gaining flexibility, enhancing balance, overcoming fatigue, learning stress-management skills, and understanding the importance of nutrition. “The program format was very well-structured,” says participant Rengin Konuk. “It allowed everyone to interact freely and to discuss their struggles with MS.” Patty Kennedy, another participant agrees, “Overall, it was a great experience —equal parts yoga, support group, stress relief, and professional networking.”
Studies have found that practicing yoga and specific alterations to diet for people with MS can prove helpful in maintaining good health. Some of these diet alterations include gaining a better understanding of food allergies and avoiding foods that cause an inflammatory reaction in the central nervous system, which can lead to MS progression. Making these adjustments allows the body to heal and operate more efficiently. However, just like with any other type of diet, there are pitfalls like cravings, higher food bills, and eating away from home.
“When I was first diagnosed with MS, I realized that I’d have to make some major changes in my life that mainly had to do with diet and stress management. And these changes would have to be lifelong commitments,” says Fernandez. “My primary focus has become yoga. Yoga helps keep me on a healthy and mindful path – a path that
I love to share with others.”
People with MS and other chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis are invited to join one or more of the upcoming programs at the Princeton
Center for Yoga & Health. .Other inspirational events, which may be of interest to people with chronic conditions are, Meditation with Crystal Singing Bowls, a transformational guided meditation on a journey through the 7 Chakras, Nov. 05, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM, Essential Oils for Children and Pets on Nov. 5, from 3:30 – 5:30 pm, Native Flute Participatory Playshop on Nov. 5, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm, and Laughter Yoga on Nov. 6, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.
To register, or for more information about the Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis seminar, contact the Center at 609-924-7294 or visit www.princetonyoga.com. Celebrating its’ 16th year, Princeton Yoga offers a wide range of wellness programs, including over 50 yoga classes per week.