Parkinson’s Yoga Therapy & Movement Class
These classes are in hiatus. Please contact me for updates.
Movement Therapy for Parkinson’s
A fun weekly class from the comfort of your own home.
Based on Mark Morris Dance for Parkinson’s and the Boston University Yoga for Parkinson’s programs, this class offers fun and accessible movements that support dexterity, strength, balance, walking, vocalization, flexibility, motor control, and rapidity. Students report feeling better and calmer, and enjoy the camaraderie.
Relearn how to breathe properly!
We also work on balancing the connective tissue matrix and equalizing the need for vigorous movement with ease and relaxation.
These movement therapy classes for sufferers of Parkinson's Disease are really movement laboratories in which we unlearn the habitual movements of a lifetime, focusing on connective tissue matrix (fascia) and continuous positive tension throughout our body (tensegrity).
In addition to exercises that train muscles, we focus on movements that provide ease and support while retraining your brain and nervous system.
When living with Parkinson’s Disease, intentional movement is essential to your quality of life and this is an opportunity to join a fun, supportive session that will keep you on your toes.
How did you develop these Parkinson’s yoga therapy classes?
For over 35 years, I have been helping people gain insight into their bodies and lives through yoga, somatic movement, and the healing arts.
In 2010, I recognized the power of combining these therapies with the techniques and philosophies from other excellent Parkinson's programs.
Now, with over a decade of experience working directly with clients to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, this is some of the work I am most proud of.
"Every week I take away something significant that improves the quality of my life living with Parkinson’s...
I have been taking Donna’s Movement and Yoga group class online for four years and I don’t know how she does it, but each week she seems to zero in on exactly what I need and I leave feeling renewed. I also greatly appreciate learning about human anatomy and its role in functional movement and how it connects with what she teaches each week.”
"Even before the class was over, my symptoms were practically alleviated.
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
"Donna's classes helped my movement, and brought a feeling of camaraderie and humor.
Having Parkinson's disease can make a person feel tired and serious. So often I was feeling alone and frustrated with my condition. Donna's classes helped my movement, but even more than that brought a feeling of camaraderie and humor.
Her teaching brings a smile to my face and gives me opportunities to socialize and form real friendships.”