Starting out was a challenge. I couldn't walk well, recently being discharged from the hospital for steroid treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). Lacking balance, strength, vision in the right eye (due to optic neuritis) made yoga a challenge in the beginning. Yet I decided to attend a special yoga class for those with MS. The class was hatha yoga, and slowly over the course of time, I began to acquire strength, increase my sense of balance, regain my vision and above all, build hope for a brighter future. The different poses (asanas) increase my strength and balance. The breathing techniques and meditation combine to help me relax and simultaneously gain energy. I now start each day with a series of sun salutations and am very grateful for yoga's assistance in my life.
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