Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis
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Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that targets specific aspects of the central nervous system causing a wide range of symptoms that can result in mild to debilitating life effects. Therapeutic Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis (TAYMS) is an experiential program designed to give experienced yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and health care professionals training in adaptive yoga techniques for individual students or students in group settings who have impairments due to multiple sclerosis and other neurological health conditions.
Yoga offers so many tools for people living with chronic health conditions. This training provides the tools, practice and confidence to bring yoga to students who need an adaptive approach and smaller, specialized classes to meet their needs. While the focus is on multiple sclerosis, this skills based training is applicable to other student populations who need an adaptive approach. Teachers who participate in this training will take away additional knowledge, skills and confidence to assist their students to creatively address the many different stressers and limitations that can result from having a variety of health and mobility challenges.
Welcome to our next TAYMS training Modules!
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200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification
- and a minimum of 100 hours Yoga teaching experience
- or with permission of the instructor.
Health care professionals who work with clients who have MS and have a personal yoga practice with a certified yoga teacher may also participate.
- Yoga teachers in training with Yoga Alliance registered 200 hr YTT may participate in Module 1 only.
Module 1: Stability
- Total program hours: 25 contact hour
- This program meets the Yoga Alliance requirements for up to 25 hours of continuing education.
- The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my professional yoga therapy certification with Integrative Yoga Therapy, an IAYT member school, not derived from my status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.
Module 2: Vitality
Total program hours: up to 20 contact hours
- This program when added to Modules 1 & 3 meets the requirements for the IAYT Approved Professional Development for Continuing Education for C-IAYT certified Yoga Therapists.
- Upon completion of Modules 1, 2 & 3 you will receive your IAYT APD certificate. You will receive a certificate upon completion of each individual module for that module.
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TAYMS in Texas
Therapeutic – Having a positive effect on the body or mind.
Adaptive – Adjusting to another type of behavior or situation.
Yoga – To unite ourselves with our highest nature.
Multiple Sclerosis – Many scars which are the primary cause of all MS symptom.
TAYMS is a collaboration with Travis Ehrhardt, Gusti Ratliff, the staff, and members of MINDSET Fitness and Yoga, a neuro-wellness center that specializes in Physical Assisted Personal Training and TAYMS Adaptive Yoga. In Module 2: Vitality, participants will be training alongside members of the MINDSET community who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. What better way to learn than with people with people who live with this condition every day?
TAYMS in connecticut
In June 2003, the Greater Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society sponsored the first Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis Yoga Teacher Training presented by Karen O’Donnell Clarke and Lynette Coleman of the NMSS. This one-day training was attended by 22 yoga teachers.
Since then, the training has grown to be included in 200 and 300 hour YTTs. This training has morphed several times and it about to do that again.
Module 1: Stability is offered as Chair Yoga for Every Body. It’s a 25-hour stand alone certification as well as TAYMS Module 1: Stability. It will focus on modifications as well as “new” postures that address the concerns of people who have neurological/neuro-muscular impairments.
Following my diagnosis of MS in 1997, I developed TAYMS training to educate yoga teachers about MS – what it is, how it affects people, what to look out for and how to work with students who can have very different symptoms from time to time and different from other people who have MS. Some students who have MS don’t need a modified class, or do well with minor adjustments with props. Some students do better in a specialized adaptive class that supports them physically as well as group support from their peers. Some students must not get onto the floor because they may not be able to get back up or risk injury, etc.
This training has been held over 30 times since 2003 all around the U.S.
I’m happy to say that we were part of the accessible yoga movement before there was one. Yoga, adaptive and accessible, is becoming sought after by many diverse populations and finally there are teachers eager to meet the need in their communities.
Karen O’Donnell Clarke
- Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT
- E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance
- RCYT Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
- YACEP Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
- Kripalu Graduate 500 hours
- Integrative Yoga Therapy graduate 1000 hours
- Yoga of the Heart with Nischala Joy Devi
- Yoga for the Special Child with Sonia Sumar
- Yoga 4 Cancer with Tari Prinster
- Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy with Genevieve Yellin
- Faculty member 200 and 300 hour YTTs
- Mentor Kripalu School for Integrative Yoga Therapy
Travis, Karen and Gusti met in 2007 at the first TAYMS collaboration in Fort Worth, Texas. Travis was working the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as Programs and Wellness Coordinator. He developed a passion for fitness and assisted personal training for people living with MS.
In 2014, Travis opened the doors of MINDSET Fitness and Yoga offering personal training, fitness classes, an adaptive gym, adaptive yoga, and so much more. Some of these services are free to members who have MS, due to massive fundraising and generous donations (always welcomed!).
Travis is a certified Yoga Teacher and certified Personal Trainer. He knows more about MS and movement than anyone I know. Travis presents the “What is MS?” portion of TAYMS when it’s held in Texas.
Director of Yoga, MINDSET Fitness and Yoga
Gusti, Karen and Travis met in 2007 at the first TAYMS collaboration held at Gusti’s yoga studio, Divine Yoga Center. Upon learning, through the first IAYT SYTAR conference that Karen was seeking a location in the Fort Worth area to hold the TAYMS training, Gusti reached out to Karen and the rest is history.
We held three trainings at Divine as part of their 200 hour and 500 hour YTTs. Travis joined the program and presented “What is MS?” – the science and the lived experience. Divine went on to host weekly adaptive yoga classes born out of this original collaboration.
Subsequently, teachers who were trained in this method trained others and formed new adaptive yoga classes for people living with MS as well as other chronic health conditions.
Gusti, along with her partner, sold the very successful Divine Yoga Center. Gusti became the Director of Yoga at MINDSET Fitness and Yoga where TAYMS has again been a part of their YTTs. Many of the graduates, some who have a diagnosis of MS themselves, now teach Adaptive Yoga at MINDSET.
Gusti is an inspirational yoga teacher and trainer. She blends humor and lightheartedness with the work of transformation as she guides new teachers through the process of self-discovery, personal growth, and learning to be teachers of Yoga.