No one should walk their Parkinson's journey alone.
Whether you're convinced you can't do yoga or you're an experienced guru (or anything in-between), if you're living with Parkinson's, yoga can help relieve symptoms. Join this live, online class with viewers from around the globe who are also living with Parkinsons, even the instructor. You're not alone.
Each 45-minute class focuses on areas particular to Parkinson's. Supports - chair, wall, cushion, block, blanket - aid balance and reduce the fear of falling. This clears the mind for opportunities to notice areas of strength. Classes include a mix of the following
- demonstration and step-by-step movements with variations (such as seated or standing)
- cues on how, what and where to notice yoga's effects
- relaxation techniques
- tips to try
- ways to apply yoga to everyday activities
Since the class is live, on-the-spot strategies for "off" times, dyskinesia and dystonia weave through each class.
Renee Le Verrier, RYT, is a stroke survivor, certified yoga instructor, author and person living with Parkinson's. Renee specializes in designing modifications to yoga to benefit people with movement disorders. She has taught at Massachusetts General Hospital, for a stroke recovery program and with the Massachusetts Chapter of APDA. The author of Yoga for Movement Disorders
as well as its Companion DVD
, Renee also presents on yoga and Parkinson's at conferences, support groups and yoga teacher trainings. She shares insights and resources on yoga and Parkinson's in her blog
, which Healthline named Best of the Web in 2014 and 2015.
Other books by Renee include a yoga alphabet book, A, B, C,... X, Yoga, Z
and A Treasure Hunt for Mama and Me: Helping Children Cope with Parental Illness
. She wrote the first working with her son. The second was written for him.
Recently from the East Coast, Renee now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, son and the gentle giant that is her service dog.