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

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

This class offers intelligent movement and movement based yoga for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. I emphasize fluid, spiral connective tissue initiated movements that increase balance, range of motion, ability to turn, better respiration and help in standing straight for those suffering with Parkinson’s and similar movement dystonia.

A body that moves  with our the natural curves and the fluidity found in the connective tissue transmits stress more evenly through muscles and bones, taking pressure off overly taut muscles and stiff joints. It also increases fluidity making movements smoother and easier. There is a relaxation quality underneath the effort that takes the pressure off feeling like you have to fight with your muscles. Simply, you can learn to move with more grace, more sequence and more spirals and this non-linear movement increases balance, improve posture and relieve chronic pain / stiffness.

Classes are fun, vigorous yet accessible and also support dexterity, strength, walking, vocalization, flexibility, motor control 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 8 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

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

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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