MS Yoga Program Support

Thank you for visiting our website. We are the ‘Multiple Sclerosis Yoga Program Support’ and our sole purpose is to raise funds for a specialized yoga program for those with M.S. and also people with other chronic illnesses.

While we became a nonprofit  corporation in 2014, we have been in existence since 1996 providing yoga classes adapted to individuals with M.S. in the Portland metro area.  As of 2016 we began to include people with other illnesses that can benefit from our program .  We are registered as a charitable organization with Oregon and the IRS.

M.S. is a potentially debilitating disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerves in the body. The permanent damage done to the nerves causes interference in the communication between the brain, the spinal cord and other areas of the body. Typical symptoms of the disease include:

• Extreme fatigue
• Balance problems
• Walking problems
• Muscle spasticity and weakness
• Vision problems
• Pain

No matter what stage an individual's Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) is in, he or she can benefit from yoga. Studies have shown that even people with advanced M.S. can reap the benefits of regular yoga practice. Yoga has been found to improve:

• Balance
• Physical strength
• Feelings of fatigue and depression
• Muscle Spasticity
• Pain Management

Frequently people with a disease such as Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Parkinsons (etc.) are unable to work and they are often unable to pay the full cost of yoga classes. That’s where MSYPS comes in. We are a group of M.S. people who have come together to raise money to pay the costs of the yoga classes for people with M.S. Such costs include:

• Instructor salaries
• Location rental
• Yoga props

Since 1996, funding for a yoga program for individuals with M.S. in Portland has been passed from one organization to another, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society “NMSS”, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland “MSSP” and Oregon Health and Sciences University  “OHSU”.  Now we are on our own, and In the absence of funding from any organization or agency, the M.S. Yoga Program Support is trying to raise the funds to keep the yoga classes going.

Please support this program that truly provides healthful benefits to its members and donate whatever you can. No amount is too small and every penny is greatly appreciated.   All donations are tax deductible.

If you would like more information about MSYPS or its classes, please go to our website at
  • Lena Koessler 
    • $100 
    • 18 mos
  • Jonathan Brinckman 
    • $20 
    • 24 mos
  • Jonathan Brinckman 
    • $500 
    • 30 mos
  • Lena Koessler 
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
  • Ginny Thompsen  
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
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Debra Arrivee 
Tualatin, OR
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