Did you know that August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness month? Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease that affects the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.
Throughout the month of August, Cure SMA and a handful of other related organizations are working to raise awareness about SMA, share information about what it is and the work that is being done to find a cure, and raise funds in support of that work. If you want to get involved this month, here are some of their suggestions:
- Plan an Awareness Day
- Plan a fundraiser
- Do outreach to local media or celebrities to encourage them to spread awareness
- Ask your state/or and local government to make a proclamation for SMA Awareness Month
- Participate in social media awareness efforts – you can even change your profile picture on Facebook in support
Also, you can spread the word that yoga can help those with movement disorders rebuild strength, balance and flexibility. It’s a great complementary therapy, because it doesn’t require a certain level of agility or range of motion, so those who practice can start wherever they feel comfortable.
At Kula for Karma, we offer a program for those who are struggling with movement disorders. Our classes are designed to meet the unique needs of our yoga students, and our instructors have advanced training to respond with customized therapeutic poses to increase muscle strength and flexibility while encouraging a clear mind and relaxation. Population-specific breath work, meditation and modified poses allow our students to feel better in a supportive and understanding community. If you know anyone who might be interested in trying a class, check out the program here!