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

  • Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 am with yoga and floor work emphasis
  • Wednesdays 11 am–noon with chair work and sitting emphasis

Based on recovering developmental movement patterns, the easier spiral movement of the connective tissue, Mark Morris Dance for Parkinson’s and the Boston University Yoga for Parkinson’s programs, this class offers movement and yoga for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

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 6 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.

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