Meet Traci Williams, HNF’s newest Movement is Medicine™ Ambassador. Traci lives in Montreal, Canada, and was born with CMT1A. Diagnosed as a child (now in her 50s), she was told she would permanently be in a wheelchair by the age of 20. At 19, she was introduced to yoga and realized she had been meditating naturally on her own about a decade before that. “Having a Type A personality, yoga bored me, but my body, even with pain, wanted to do it… and I listened”. She has been teaching since 2011 and now has over 500 hours of related training, including in-depth anatomy and physiology! Kundalini yoga is a holistic yoga that incorporates repetitive physical movement and sometimes static postures timed with breathwork, chanting, meditation, and relaxation. It is believed to work directly on the nervous system, glands, and chakra system (the body’s energy centers, which largely correspond with the plexuses—bundles of nerves along the spinal cord). “I personally believe strongly in the mind-body-and-spirit connection, so my favorite yoga is Kundalini yoga along with yoga Nidra”.
A Bi-Directional, Translational Model of Resistance-Type Exercise Training in the Management of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) Disease
A team of government researchers, including Dr. Robert Chetlin, have collaborated with Dr. Michael Sereda and Dr. Klaus Nave of the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine (MPI) to successfully secure the CMT1A transgenic rat from MPI and establish a colony in the United States.