Where did You Can Do It Yoga For MS™ come from?

 

In 2000 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I had many symptoms prior to my diagnosis. My feet and legs were tingling and numb. I couldn’t walk, run or stand without support. I was in bad shape. I got on a therapy and then a friend told me that I should try yoga. I had no idea what yoga was. I was very self conscious since I couldn’t move well on my own. I was not sure if I would be able to practice yoga because I was so tired all the time. I decided to give it a try. I attended a gentle yoga class and at that very first class I realized how a yoga practice could change my life.  This was the birth of You Can Do It Yoga For MS™.

I attended gentle yoga classes twice a week. I began to see and feel the difference that a regular yoga practice was making against my battle with MS.  I experienced improved muscle strength, increased balance, concentration, improved breathing and hope. Eventually I got rid of my cane, could stand up on my own, and felt great.

I  considered the idea of attending the Teacher Training at the Integral Yoga Institute and decided to go. I got my teaching certification there. Next came the idea that I needed to get the word out that yoga helped me with my MS symptoms! So I have designed this DVD series to spread the good news that yoga could help with MS symptoms. I am living proof!

 


Larissa Nusser

“Being grateful will bring you happiness, and being happy can give you the power to transform your life.”

Larissa Nusser is an Inspirational/Motivational Speaker, 200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor with Integral Yoga and Yoga Alliance, and a Certified Life Coach with Coach Training Alliance. She is also a Certified Laughing Yoga Instructor through the American Academy of Laughing Yoga. She is also a 500 ERYT with yoga Alliance. Recently, she became an Ericksonian Hypnosis Practitioner with the NLP Center of New York. She is also an MS Advocate with Shared Solutions. She works with people with MS on creating balance in their lives by incorporating yoga and coaching.

After being diagnosed with MS in 2000, Larissa attended Integral Yoga of Princeton and earned her 200-hour certification to teach yoga. She is qualified to teach all levels ranging from Chair Yoga to Advanced Yoga, as well as Laughing Yoga.

Beyond managing a full-time career, Larissa, mother of two, also shares empowerment and encouragement to other MS patients across the country through her many speaking engagements. In 2010, 2011, and 2013 Larissa was the keynote speaker at various WAMS Lunchoens across the country. In 2009 and 2010, Larissa had the honor of being the start line speaker at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s (NMSS) Staten Island MS Walk. In 2012 Larissa traveled to Australia to speak at the Kiss Goodbye to You MS - MS Angels event.

“I would love to see people get moving and be the catalyst that starts them on the road to transforming their life!” Larissa focuses onn gratitude everyday so she can provide motivation for others with MS who may benefit from seeing her as an example in action.

Larissa is the co-creator of You Can Do It Yoga for MS™ a yoga training class for people with MS. She has two You Can Do It Yoga For MS™ DVD’s which are at home instructional videos. Larissa has also designed an associated yoga teacher training to go along with the You Can Do It Yoga For MS™ Class so that other teachers may be able to teach patients with MS.

Currently, Larissa is creating a new yoga program incorporating core strength in the MS program, "Core strength is essential to people living with MS it is the basis of our foundation and balance."

Additionally, Larissa is currently working on a cookbook based on healthy eating and nutrition.

Larissa is a former "foodie" who owned Today's Gourmet, a specialty food business that was featured on Food TV's Food Finds. She still enjoys "scaled down" cooking for her family.