Updated: Jan 18
Living Better with Chair Yoga mobility and flexibility in a soft and gentle way. For those with Parkinson’s disease (PD),the health benefits of yoga include improving the steadiness of ones gait, loosening of tight muscles, stress reduction, better sleep, and improved posture. It is an adapted yoga practice that allows you to stay seated while a variety of poses. There are many levels and stages of PD, and symptoms often vary from day to day. Modifications are an important part of yoga for Parkinson’s.
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At Home Chair Yoga Poses for Parkinson’s
Below is example of some chair Yoga poses that I use for my Parkinson’s clients. Their routines change from week to week depending on their tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia (slowed movements), and balance issues.
The poses being demonstrated are plank, one leg plank, seated side twist, 1 leg hamstring stretch with a strap, and eagle pose. All exercises can be modified to your needs.
2. 1 Leg Plank
3.) Side Twist
4.) 1 Leg Hamstring Stretch with Band
5.) Modified Eagle Pose
Living Better with Chair Yoga
Adding Chair Yoga into your weekly routine will help you to manage your Parkinson's, you will feel stronger, have increased mobility and feel more centered helping to create peace and calm within. Remember to practice at your pace.
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 exercise routines for Parkinson's Disease, you can reach me at www.yogaflowandfitness.com.
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