Yoga, Breath, Meditation and ALS – A New Paradigm
"I was dealt a bad diagnosis in 2011. For a while, I felt sorry for myself as the disease stole my body. Then I found Yoga." (Dr. Scott Stieber) Often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, people may lose the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe. Currently, there’s little to nothing in the Modern Medicine toolbox to alter the course of this fatal disease.
Now 7 years post diagnosis, Scott Stieber is re-writing his ALS story. Using a daily practice that includes yoga postures, breath practices, and meditation, Scott has defied the odds. But it’s more than that, he says, “My quality of life is so much better than it was after the diagnosis. I have days when I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”
For the past year, I’ve been working with Scott on a weekly basis. Between regular
travels to his home, sessions on Facetime and a steady dialogue about the process,
I’ve helped Scott understand the discoveries he’s made in his practice… and to bring
them to the public.
As a cardiac-anesthesiologist, Dr. Scott knows and understands human physiology. He is certain that his 3-hour daily practice has rejuvenated his reflexes, strengthened muscles that had failed him, and has allowed him the mobility to remain a vital
part of his community.
Scott and I are both “all in” as we explore the power of Prana to heal, awaken, and inspire. In the months to come, I’ll be sharing Scott’s insights as we work together to define, document and share the new paradigm of “Scott Stieber's Disease.”