Gentle Movement and Yoga Lab for Parkinson’s Disease
- Classes are held Wednesdays 9:30-10:45 in Hadley, MA
- Contact me for special workshops and practitioner training.
I offer movement and yoga designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and related dystonias.
Classes emphasize fluid, spiral connective tissue movements that increase range of motion, ability to turn, better respiration, balance, good posture and relief from stiffness.
When your body moves with natural curves and fluidity it transmits stress more evenly through muscles and bones, taking pressure off overly taut muscles and stiff joints.
It also makes movement smoother and easier.
There is a relaxation quality underneath the effort that stops making you feel like you have to fight with your muscles.
You can learn to move with more grace.
Classes are fun, vigorous yet accessible and support:
- Good Walking.
- Motor control
- Students enjoy the camaraderie and feel calmer and more relaxed.
I have been working with individuals who suffer from Parkinson’s disease for 9 years. I understand the wide variety of symptoms that come with the disease and other related movement disorders. I have taught at conferences on Parkinson’s disease offered by Dartmouth Hitchcock and also at an international conference on Movement and Cognition at Harvard in summer of 2018. I have also trained with Mark Morris’ Dance for Parkinson’s. Classes have plenty of time for understanding and individual instruction.
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