I’m just back from a yoga class at the Manchester and District Institute of Iyengar Yoga (MDIIY) led by the well known and well travelled senior yoga instructor, Garth McLean.

Garth McLean is a senior level Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher “CIYT” (Intermediate Sr III) and dedicated practitioner of the subject. Based in Los Angeles, Garth teaches public classes and speciality courses at Namastday Yoga in Beverly Hills. Garth also offers local private instruction in the Los Angeles metro area.

Blessed with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1996, Garth successfully manages his course of MS and a hectic schedule with a daily practice of Iyengar Yoga as presented by Yoga master, Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar.

Upon learning of his diagnosis, Garth was determined to get his MS symptoms in remission. He immediately took to the daily practice of Iyengar Yoga, heeding his neurologist’s advice to try some yoga with the caveat to not overheat the body. He also heeded Mr. Iyengar’s counsel to proceed with courage, caution and patience. The results have been profound. Garth’s dedication to self-healing has enabled him to successfully manage many symptoms of MS and keep his course of MS in remission without the conventional medicines prescribed for the condition. Since 2005, Garth annually monitors the lesions on his brain via MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) which has shown very encouraging comparative results. His determination and recovery motivates him to provide a safe, uplifting forum for a challenging, rewarding and transformative experience for all students of yoga.

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I feel quite hot and tired, but brilliant! What an inspiring bloke.

Today marks the third year that I have attended Garth’s annual class. Last year I went to a more advanced class which I found quite hard but today was a remedial session – much more relaxing! We did spend some time in Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) which as I’ve mentioned before, I love. Something about the fresh blood circulating around my brain!

Iyengar Yoga can be quite addictive. After last year’s class I was inspired and emailed that I would practice four times a week. Luckily he didn’t enquire after my progress (sorry Garth, my kids got in the way, literally!). I’ll keep writing about my progress though. Namaste!