This weekend the skies above the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles will be lighting up “orange”! The ballroom will be turned in to a huge party as the benefit for Erase MS commences! While a night to join together in fellowship for a great cause, the weekend is really dedicated to highlighting the newest findings in research for MS diagnosis and treatment. The Center Without Walls will be making huge announcements about a newly released and approved medication and much more. All of this made possible by the vision of Nancy Davis, founder of Erase MS and a woman living with Multiple Sclerosis.
In another section of Los Angeles county, DL Sweet will be helping improve the lives of people in another capacity. For eight years she has been yoga instructor with a specialized instruction and certification for Therapeutic & Restorative Yoga in 2013. But, DL didn’t stop there, she now offers “Chair Yoga” to people who are limited in movement and independent motor skills, such as those with MS.
Chair Yoga is not exclusive to those with physical limitations as seniors also are embracing chair yoga. And althouth not quite a “senior” I find myself being more and more intrigued!
Now here is where the story about DL get more fascinating! A few months ago I met DL at the Beach Cities Breakfast Club (BCBC) morning network meeting. It was apparent that she had challenges with speech. But, let me tell you this dynamo is not hindered by this “disability” but in fact able to communicate her vision quite clearly. Each week she presents about her participation in the company Young Living Essential Oils, just fine! After learning more about DL’s personal story, it became apparent that her disability was a catalyst vs. a hinderance to her “next chapter”, including being a Yoga instructor!
When asked why DL started to learn and subsequently teach yoga she replied, “I sat in one class to MS individuals, so the teacher and I became good friends… I have a disability of <my> own, I can relate to what are people are going through.” (Note: Come back to visit this blog for updates as to DL’s schedule for upcoming classes offered to MS patients, etc.)
Remember I said I was intrigued by chair yoga?! Well, that meant I had to do some research and find a way to check it out at home. I immediately stumbled upon DL’s Youtube videos. Below is one that I watch on a regular basis (and yes, try to practice along with her!) Her videos are great for those who have limited resources for traveling to a class, are homebound or just interested – such as myself!
It would be great if DL’s chair yoga could reach more people who are seeking ways to exercise muscles in spite of limitations. That is why I am hoping that when the skies over LA turn “orange” with the Erase MS benefit that there will be discussion for resources in the area for patients with MS. I hope that conversation includes the amazing commitment and expertise that DL demonstrates in the field of yoga.
When asked what are the next steps that DL plans on taking as a business owner and yoga instructor – she stated that she wants to expand chair yoga programs to become available in workplaces and businesses where people are often seated for long periods of time and should get MOVING! (Ok, time to get my yoga outfit on and sign up for DL’s class!)
Connect with DL:
ABOUT MS patients sign – up for chair yoga >> http://www.beachcitiesgym.org/news-events/classes/yoga-chairs-funded-ms-foundation
And, of course we invite you to check out the great work of Erase MS.
Disclaimer: Prior to starting any exercise program, such as that discussed in this article, one should check with their healthcare provider to ensure that they are able to participate in the activity, such as chair yoga, regular yoga, etc.