Purpose: To examine the lives and experiences of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who practice Yoga. If Yoga practitioners who have MS share their experiences,a deeper understanding of their lives and how Yoga affects those lives may be gained.
Study Design: Using case-study research methods,two women were interviewed to gain an understanding of their experiences of practicing Yoga and having MS. The theoretical framework for this study is based on Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory.
Findings: The findings showed that participants had affirming life philosophies, strong motivators, an ongoing development of body awareness, and the ability to think and act outside the norm.
Conclusions: This information could impact the development of meaningful client-driven information. Future research should include larger and more diverse populations, quantitative study, and in-depth qualitative evaluation.