Each week I teach a gentle Chair-based class combining ChiBall tai chi and Dru Yoga to members of the Nottingham MS Society Yoga Group at Middle Street Resource Centre in Beeston. The class was reviewed by Carolynne Watson for the Winter 2017 edition of the group’s newsletter and I am grateful to Carolyn and the Nottingham and District MS Society Yoga Group for permission to reproduce the article and photograph. I love teaching this warm and friendly group who always make me very welcome!
Yoga for MS in Nottingham
Our branch of the MS Society hosts a weekly yoga class in Beeston for its members. Group Volunteer Carolynne Watson decided to pop along and give it a go.
Despite having RR MS, I am pretty fit having done a half marathon recently, but yoga appeals on so many more levels.
Not only does it help with body strength, there is an element of mindfulness to help you escape the fast pace of modern life.
And then there is the social side - I could see from the attendees that they really benefit from these sessions, especially on the social side.
As a newcomer I was made to feel very welcome - despite being 10 minutes late! I had also forgotten it was chair-based, so I was glad I had left my yoga mat in the car! But I did wonder how doing yoga in a chair would work and if I would still benefit from a more gentle chair-based workout. I was however, pleasantly surprised.
Susan, the teacher, is excellent at allowing you to take it at your own pace and the moves work amazingly well from a chair.
We used a chiball, yoga belts and the chair itself as a prop and I really did feel like I’d had a great, but gentle, work out. Each yoga pose allowed you to work at your own pace and the class really did feel like a wonderful place to be.
The week I attended I met Kate, Jane, Rob, Jayne and Glen.
So what do the yoga group think of the classes?
“The yoga keeps us moving.”
“Anyone would be able to manage it. We’ve all got MS, but with different problems. But we can all do it.”
“It’s great fun and different from a regular class… but in a good way.”
The group explained that not only do they enjoy the class they love meeting up for a cuppa in the on-site cafe.
Teacher Susan Hardwick explained the type of yoga she focuses on.
“I am increasingly doing more gentle yoga sessions. The one I do here is Dru Yoga combined some with ChiBall tai chi which can help raise energy levels and tackle stress. I am interested in therapeutic yoga and the benefits of gentle yoga,” she explained.