Yoga and Parkinson's Disease

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    Photo credit: Jeanie Pulston Fleming Standing poses challenge and encourage good posture and stamina. Your awareness of the balance within your body will be strengthened and enhanced through these kinds of yoga poses. To become more aware of your posture, realize your body expands in two directions: Let yourself connect to the earth through a solid stance, as you are also drawn up toward the sky through a lifted head and straight spine. The Warrior Pose stretches and strengthens legs, hips, shoulders,...Read More
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    Photo credit: Jeanie Pulston Fleming There are always days when we just need to be restored, especially when you have Parkinson's disease. What’s that you say? There’s no 5-star resort on the next block? And the cruise ship with a spa on every deck has sailed off without you? And Jeeves, the usually wonderfully efficient butler, has failed to show up with your 5 p.m. martini? Not to worry, we have just the thing. Yoga supine poses (lying on your back) help you become empowered through relaxation. The...Read More
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    Photo credit: Jeanie Pulston Fleming Discovering that you have Parkinson’s disease (PD) is devastating and scary, but it can also be an opportunity for reflection and discovery. Prone poses call upon the core of your body, summoning its flexibility and strength. As you go through them, make this a multidimensional practice. As you challenge your core muscles, honor the inner strength that comes forth from your being. Acknowledge your flexibility in both body and mind. As you stretch and bend your...Read More

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Peggy Van Hulsteyn

Peggy van Hulsteyn is an accomplished author and speaker who has practiced yoga for over four decades. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 12 years ago and since then has channeled her skills in writing and promotion toward the cause of bringing greater awareness to PD. Her cover article for Yoga Journal describing how yoga can benefit people with PD received national attention, and she writes and speaks for the Arizona chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association regularly. She...

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