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Free Yoga Classes for MS Patients in South Lake Tahoe

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Multiple Sclerosis patients can get complimentary weekly yoga classes starting next month in South Lake Tahoe.

The free MS Yoga Project weekly classes begin Monday, August 4th and patients can reserve a spot online at www.pilatestahoe.com or by calling (775) 580-6463.
 
The ancient meditative practice has been shown to help patients manage the symptoms of the debilitating muscular disease due to its emphasis on relaxation, breathing and deliberate movements.

The classes are taught by Jennifer Barioni who is a National MS Society certified MS Movement instructor. “The teacher is a most important consideration… it’s a first priority that they should have training for the applications for MS treatment.”

Barioni’s passion to reach out to the Lake Tahoe MS community is inspired by the fact that she is very familiar with the condition… her mother suffers from the disease. Classes will focus on breathing for relaxation, strength, flexibility, engagement therapy and more. She welcomes patients in all stages of the disease and encourages a family member or friend attend as well.

Dr. Bigley cautions that, “Some more intense forms, such as Bikram, which is practiced in hot rooms, are not appropriate and a patients physical restrictions must be taken into account.” Dr. Bloch adds that taking into account a patients clinical situation, (there’s a lot of variability patient to patient) Hatha yoga (the gentle basic form) or Lyengar yoga are the best forms to start out with. For more information, she notes that “the National MS Society has great informational resources on their website at www.nationalmssociety.org.”

Pilates Studio Lake Tahoe is a fully equipped studio, completely ADA compliant and all practitioner skill levels are welcome.

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