Yoga of Walking Workshops Northampton, MA
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Walking Without Pain
Walking is the best exercise!
• Can be naturally pleasurable and satisfying. We evolved to be a walking species.
• Can be done without sustaining injury or needing recovery time.
• Improves circulation, relieves arthritis, improves digestion, improves respiration and cuts the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
• Strengthens bone and muscle.
• increases strength and balance
• Walking soothes our minds and gives us perspective.
But sometimes it becomes harder to walk for long periods of time or with a steady and smooth gait. Learning to walk without pain is an art . It's a yoga
If you feel and of this pain or stress with walking this workshop can help. Do you:
• Feel pain in your hips, legs, knees, ankles or lower back?
• Have tired or aching feet?
• Trouble with stiff or gripping toes?
• Feel wobbly or unbalanced?
• Drop your head and shoulders and look at the ground?
• feel like you exert yourself more than you should?
• Desire to optimize your gait so you can go further or faster?
I can help you relieve walking pain or dysfunction.
Walking pain-free and with a smooth and even gait is coded into our evolutionary and developmental beginnings. You might say human beings are designed to spend a great deal of time walking. I can help you simply and pleasurably revisit the movements that "lead up" to optimal walking. It's fascinating to understand how our bodies and our gate develop. And that walking is naturally pain-free!
In this three hour introductory workshop will pain-free walking through discovering:
• how the rotational movement in your hips and the spirals of your leg bones bring fluidity and pain relief to your gait
• how the joint in your pubic bone and your pelvic halves work together to relieve strain in your back
• How to shift weight from side to side without feeling imbalanced or experiencing pain.
• Anatomically smart movements your feet should make while walking.
• If and how your walking shoes support the movement of your feet
• How your ankles and knees depend on best foot and hip practices to stay strong and resilient.
• How your abdominals and your gluteal muscles activate with a good stride helping you build core strength.
• What your upper body, arms and psoas muscle need to know to make your gait involve an integrated whole body.
This workshop is a fantastic way to learn the fundamentals of walking and embodiment. it really is for anyone wanting to realize optimal health.
You will experience walking with a new level of comfort, ease and function. You can have walk pain-free.
But don't take my word for it. Read what past participants have has to say;
"I attended one of Donna’s walking clinics and learned a lot about how to walk with more ease and less pain. She really impressed me with her incredible knowledge of the human body and its mechanics. I subsequently attended private sessions with Donna to prepare for a vacation that involved a lot of walking. Thanks to our work together, I walked all over Venice, hiked the walls of Dubrovnik and scaled the Acropolis pain-free. Her teaching has stayed with me, resulting in easier walking and even better sleep.” Amy Woolf, AWCOLOR, Northampton, MA
“Overall your workshop has really changed my walking habits, which I now find MUCH more enjoyable. I walk smoother with more hip swing. But the biggest thing for me is that as soon as I remember how to lead, I can feel my whole back, butt and just overall body relax, and it is all so much easier and more fluid. I was showing my kids the difference and was reverting back to my older, much more tense walking style and we all could see a big difference. Thank you!!”
Leslie Dunham, Amherst
“I’m a runner, walker, and Pilates instructor. After a bit too much of all three, I had some nagging hip pain, especially after long (and much loved) long walks. Wanting a fresh set of eyes and a different, yet experienced perspective, I signed up for Donna’s walking clinic. Yes, a walking clinic…bio-mechanically there is a lot to know, people. Between that and a private session to address my particular issues (including homework), I’ve been pain-free for weeks now…even after walking about 20+ miles around Montreal recently. Donna’s approach is subtle, but she really sees how your particular body works and helps you create more organized movement. That means less pain for you.”
Kara Snyder, Vital Corps Wellness
The Next Yoga of walking Clinic is scheduled June 5 2022. You may attend in person in Northampton, MA or Virtually via zoom. Sign up below. I look forward to working with you!
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.”