Eric Small was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was 22. Soon after, he became a serious student of Hatha yoga, which began to help him with the effects of the illness. He has been teaching yoga since the mid-1960s. He has taught at the Iyengar Yoga Institute Los Angeles and has assisted at Iyengar Yoga conventions. With the support of the Southern California Chapter of the MS Society, the Eric Small Yoga Program has served hundreds of clients. 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.