Updated: Jan 12
It’s popular these days to say “yoga is for everybody.” But is that really true? Can it really be practiced by everyone? Including those with Parkinson’s Disease?
Why is Chair Yoga Beneficial?
If you have Parkinson’s disease, you may find that practicing chair yoga does more than just promote relaxation and help you get a good night’s sleep. It can help you become more familiar with your body and its capabilities.
Certain poses target specific muscle groups, which you can use to your advantage to help control tremors. You may also use your practice to help increase your mobility, flexibility, and strength.
“Parkinson’s is a slow but inevitable process. It’s hard living with it on a daily basis. The difficulty facing people with it is that they never know ‘Can I or can’t I do this today.” - Helen Mirren
A Chair Yoga Routine for Parkinson’s
Most of you know that my Mom has Parkinson’s Disease for the past 20 years. Below is an example of a Chair Yoga routine that I use with my Mom. Her routine changes from week to week depending on her tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia (slowed movements), and balance issues.
Does it Really Work?
From personal experience, I have seen Chair Yoga help improve functional mobility, balance, and lower-limb strength in clients with Parkinson’s disease. It also improves your attitude about living with Parkinson’s on a daily basis.
If you know someone with Parkinson’s who you think would benefit from Chair Yoga, send them my way. I offer one on one at home personal training or Yoga, you can find all the details and pricing on my website at www.yogaflowandfitness.com
Heather Gruber is the owner of YogaFlow and Fitness. She is a certified ACSM Personal Trainer and 500hr certified Yoga teacher in the Birmingham, Alabama area. If you are interested in learning more about me and personalized at home Yoga for Parkinson's Disease, you can reach me at www.yogaflowandfitness.com.
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