Parkinson's Disease & Yoga
As a practice for the body, mind, and spirit, yoga is an ideal activity for holistic care, and it can be a powerful complement to traditional treatment. Yoga promotes a philosophy that centers around transformation and provides tools and perspective for handling the circumstances of life. It is a practice that can adapt to fit beginners to advanced practitioners, and it has something to offer people with Parkinson's disease at all stages and functional levels. Breath and mindfulness are the foundation of the practice of yoga.
Yoga for Parkinson’s: Higher Intensity
Thursdays at 8 am
The practice of yoga can help people with Parkinson’s improve their mobility, strength, balance, mood, and sleep. This class is taught by a physical therapist and is focused on the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Move with power and grace. Challenge balance and coordination. Filter mental chatter, and connect to inner wisdom. Each class includes mindful breathing, a variety of yoga postures, and relaxation. Participants new to yoga are welcome! Although this is a higher intensity yoga class, the postures are taught at a steady pace with variations and modifications as needed.
This class is sponsored by Parkinson Association of the Rockies, and the space is donated by Vernon Physical Therapy & Wellness.
What Participants are Saying
This is my first venture into yoga and Jen’s background stands out in this class. I always look forward to her class as she presents a challenging and fun variety of yoga postures while keeping an expert eye on our technique. Thank you Jen for helping to keep me moving.
PD Symptoms Addressed by the Practice of Yoga
Principles of Neuroplasticity* Applied to Yoga Practice
- Use it or lose it
Without regular activity, function can deteriorate. Consistent yoga practice stimulates motor & sensory pathways.
- Use it and improve it
Sensory & motor performance improve with skilled training.
Yoga must be creative and novel in order to promote new skill mastery. It should also address or prevent deficits.
- Repetition matters
It is important to build repetition within each class and from class to class to promote lasting change.
- Intensity matters
Challenge and effort are essential.
- Time matters
The brain adapts in stages and over time. The earlier the practice is begun, the better.
- Salience matters
It is imperative to understand and experience the purpose and the potential of yoga and mindfulness.
- Age matters
The physical and mental challenges of yoga can bring more ease into aging.
Yoga posture choice and sequencing are most effective when similar to skills needed in life.
It is important to practice options or modifications that build to strength. Avoid compensations that do not require engagement.
*Kleim JA, Jones TA. Principles of experience-dependent neural plasticity: implications for rehabilitation after brain damage. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2008 Feb;51(1):S225-239.