Gentle Movement, Dance, and Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease

  • Wednesdays 9:30-10:45  in Hadley, MA
  • Contact me for special workshops and practitioner training.

This class offers movement and yoga for individuals with Parkinson’s disease based on the notion that fluid, spiral connective tissue based movements provide the best resilience and balance to those suffering with Parkinson’s and similar movement dystonia.

This is because a body that moves with the ability to transmit unexpected changes evenly throughout the muscular, skeletal and bone system in a non- local way helps take pressure off stiff joints while allowing a response that increases equilibrium and non-force extension. That is a fancy way of saying you can respond to changes in balance, weight bearing, from reaching to turning with more ease and whole body integration.

Classes feature fun,vigorous yet accessible movements support dexterity, strength, balance, walking, vocalization, flexibility, motor control, loss of stiffness, and rapidity. Student enjoy the camaraderie and feel calmer and more relaxed.

I have been working with individuals who suffer from Parkinson’s disease for 7 years. I understand the wide variety of symptoms that come with the disease and other related movement disorders. Classes have plenty of time for understanding and individual instruction.

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Ongoing. Class size limited. $120 / 6 weeks

The lesson on feet was a revelation … I had been experiencing a numb, prickly feeling in my foot with ankle weakness and tremors, and had been finding it difficult to stand for long periods of time. I mentioned this to Donna at the beginning of a class and she tailored that day’s lesson to focus on foot strengthening and alignment. Even before the class was over, my symptoms were practically alleviated. In the following class, Donna reinforced the previous lesson and extended the focus on feet. I am constantly impressed by the depth of her knowledge, and by how she is able to lead a cohesive class while addressing each individual’s needs. I now have greater insight into the mechanics and structure of my feet, and an abundance of strategies to continue improving their function. I am elated! —Judy Bowerman, Northampton, MA