September 19, 2015

'Yoga Chuck' gains world recognition

Erica Platt-Handru - Staff Writer, The Advertiser-Tribune for Tiffin, Ohio and surrounding area did a great job about my "Yoga Journal" magazine article. One note it's the 2015 October issue and I also teach at the Allen Eiry Center in Tiffin, Ohio.

‘Yoga Chuck’ gains world recognition

September 17, 2015
By Erika Platt-Handru - Staff Writer (eplatt@advertiser-tribune.com) , The Advertiser-Tribune

A local yoga teacher recently was featured in Yoga Journal, a magazine that reaches readers across the world.

Chuck Burmeister, also known as "Yoga Chuck," was featured in the teacher spotlight in the September issue. One of his students, Debi Wilson, had nominated him.

"Chuck has a unique story with his MS (multiple sclerosis) and doing yoga to deal with MS. I thought that would be a good story for Yoga Journal to write," Wilson said.

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Chuck Burmeister, a yoga teacher, is featured in Yoga Journal’s September issue.

"He's a wonderful teacher," she added. "From the first class I took from him, I was hooked."

Wilson, who practices yoga with Burmeister three times a week, said she sent a letter to the magazine about him, and within a few weeks, Burmeister was contacted.

"I had no idea she did that until I got the email from a Yoga Journal journalist," Burmeister said.

He said the article spotlighted how he has used yoga to manage MS symptoms and how he teaches others with illnesses to do the same.

Burmeister said he was diagnosed with MS in 2001 and by 2005, his symptoms had become very noticeable.

"I got so sick I couldn't walk up a flight of steps or walk around a city block without having to rest," he said.

Burmeister was unable to work and went on disability for a few years, he said. During that time, he tried chemotherapy to help with symptoms. Nothing seemed to help, he said.

"The doctor said there was nothing more she could do for me," he said.

Burmeister said he tried yoga after reading that it could help alleviate MS symptoms.

"When I started, I could only do five minutes," he said. "But I just kept building and building. Now I can do pretty much anything I want."

After attending school in Columbus to become a certified yoga teacher, Burmeister began teaching in 2009. He now teaches 12 classes a week through Tiffin Community YMCA, and at local assisted living facilities and Tiffin Developmental Center.

The second Saturday of each month, Burmeister offers a free yoga class through the YMCA. He said it is intended to help anyone with an illness.

"It's open to anybody, they don't have to pay or be a YMCA member," he said. "I get between 10 and 20 people. They keep coming back, they really enjoy it."

Burmeister said yoga has especially helped with his physical disabilities from MS, including leg drop, fatigue and sensations of electric shock.

"Yoga pretty much took care of the physical disabilities," he said.

It's also helped alleviate depression, which often goes hand-in-hand with MS, Brumeister said.

"Yoga just eliminates all that," he said. "You just feel so good all the time."

Burmeister said anyone can benefit from yoga, including those with a variety of disabilities.

Wilson, who doesn't have any major health issues, said yoga can be helpful for anyone.

"Overall, there's more of a calmness to me," she said. "Everybody should do yoga, its a great, great way to relax and exercise."

To learn more about Burmeister, visit www.yogachuck.com.

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