Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis: Being active can contribute to better health outcomes


Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological condition impacting mobility and overall well-being. Exercise is crucial for people living with MS, but staying engaged can be difficult. Yoga, combining physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation, has emerged as a potential option.


Researchers explored why people with MS find yoga appealing and how it motivates them to stay active. They interviewed participants about their experiences with yoga and exercise in general.


The study revealed that yoga empowers people living with MS. Participants felt a sense of control over their bodies and symptoms through yoga practice. They valued yoga as a meaningful physical activity, unlike some conventional exercises they might find less engaging. Interestingly, prior experience with exercise before the MS diagnosis positively influenced their enjoyment of yoga and their desire to push themselves further in the practice.

Why This Matters to You?

This study highlights the potential of yoga for people living with MS. Yoga offers a path to exercise that feels purposeful and manageable. This can be particularly motivating for those experiencing challenges with traditional exercise routines. By increasing engagement in physical activity, yoga may contribute to improved health outcomes and overall well-being in people living with MS.