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Yoga class keeps MS sufferer flexible

Tue, Apr. 15, 2003
By Ann Reed, Wichita.
The Wichita Eagle

What I tried: A yoga class for people with multiple sclerosis.

Why I tried it: I was familiar with Jana Simon, the instructor, from a water aerobics class she taught, so I decided to give it a try when she started the class.

What happened: When you have multiple sclerosis, you tire easily and you have to be careful not to get too hot. This class uses traditional yoga stretches and poses, but the work is done sitting rather than standing, which makes doing the exercises and keeping your balance a lot easier.

The class helps my flexibility and my balance. It just feels good. And knowing that everyone in the class has MS makes it a place where we can share experiences and frustrations.

Where I got it: The classes are at the IIYS Studio, 8225 E. 35th St. North. They're at noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays or 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Other specialized classes are a general chair yoga class at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and a class on Saturdays for pregnant women.

How much it cost: $5 per class.

What else you should know: The classes are offered in conjunction with the National MS Society. For more information, call Simon at 636-9642 or Becky at the MS office, 264-13339

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