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by Shirley A. Brown, MA, CCC-SLP
"Yogability and You" is a "chair yoga"
video geared towards people with MS. It provides a "soft and
gentle" approach to yoga that combines simple breathing, relaxation and stretching
It was produced as a tape, that encourages
body movement, through a series of easy movements. It is both relaxing and
energizing to watch and to participate in.
In addition to the videotape Ms. Sidelman has
developed a CD, that puts you at ease, through the use of the calming sound
of her voice, as well as that of the ocean combined with soothing music. It
is meant to "release body stress, relax your mind and rejuvenate your
It certainly was a most pleasant and relaxing
experience to review this video program, as well as to listen to the separate
CD entitled "Relaxation with Shelley Sidelman" .
Shelley Sidelman is a yoga therapist
who has been in private practice since 1995. Her dream of teaching yoga in the
medical community became a reality in 2000, when she began teaching yoga for the
Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
She takes great pride in providing her MS
students with a year-round yoga program. She has taught yoga on the Psychiatric Unit
of South Nassau Communities Hospital, Long Island, New York, as well as teaching a yoga class
to the nursing staff. She also takes great delight in teaching a
pre-natal yoga class at NewIsland Hospital on Long Island. She has enjoyed giving lectures
and workshops for Cancer Care, the Arthritis Foundation and the
Fibromyalgia Society, as well as numerous National Multiple Sclerosis Support Groups.
A. Brown, MA, CCC-SLP is a Life
Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Ms. Brown has pursued her
career, as a Speech-Language Pathologist ,in a variety of medical settings; hospitals,
rehabilitation treatment centers, nursing homes and home health care.
She has received numerous professional honors
and awards, among them the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation"s
Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement in Human Communication Sciences, as well as,
being one of the first recipients to receive The American Cancer Society"s
Crimson Sword Award for Outstanding Contributions in Both Professional and
Patient Services. She was given a Distinguished Service Award by the New Jersey Speech-Language Hearing
Association. She is listed in, "The National Distinguished
Service Registry for Speech and Hearing", "Who"s Who in American Women"
and "Who"s Who in Medicine and Healthcare".
Ms. Brown has worked closely with the GimbelM.S.ComprehensiveCareCenter. She is a member of the Clinical Advisory
Committee for the Greater North Jersey Chapter, National MS Society. For the
Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, she has served on the Editorial Board of the
"International Journal of MS Care" and has participated as a Speech-Language
Pathology Project Leader for the CMSC"s Web Site. Currently, she is serving as the
CMSC"s Web Site Project Director.