Eric and Multiple Sclerosis
Born in Avalon, Catalina Island, Eric Small was diagnosed with MS at 22 and was told that he wouldn't live past 40... soon after became a serious student of Iyengar Yoga, which helped him get out of his wheelchair, and with the effects of his illness. He has been teaching Yoga since the mid-1960's.
Through his Stress Control Systems Trust, centered at the Beverly Hills Iyengar Hatha Yoga Studio, Eric Small creates programs specifically for clients diagnosed with MS and other neurological conditions. The programs enhance Students' ability to carry on with their lives. A video of his MS program was produced in 1999, in cooperation with the Northern and Southern Chapters of the MS Society in California. Programs are under the guidance of B.K.S. Iyengar of Poona, India and are based on his teachings and philosophy.
With the support of the Southern California Chapter of the MS Society the Eric Small Adaptive Yoga Program has, for the past five years, served hundreds of clients at 13 different sites and is part of the regular program offered at the Marilyn Hilton Achievement Center for the Southern California Chap MS Society, at UCLA.
His work was recognized in 1999 with the Hope For MS Award and in 2001 by his induction into the National MS Society Volunteer Hall of Fame. He was the 2002 Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award recipient for Outstanding Volunteer Service to MS patients, presented at the MS Dinner of Champions on September 17, 2002.