Working with Parksinsons
I have just been asked to set up a seated class specifically for Parkinson’s sufferers and wondered if you have ever worked with this group of people?
Answer from Sherry
Suggested Yoga Movements for Parkinson’s
- Dexterity movements with the fingers are good to include because that helps with the brain to body connection and improves dexterity and coordination.
- Balance is very much affected in this condition, so keep them seated. Work on strengthening the postural muscles in the back (Cactus, L for Love, Life Force reach, etc) and poses that strengthen the core (soccer kicks, reaches and bends, etc).
- Also bring in some cross-patterning like Cactus alternates, The Mirror and seated marching so that the left and right side of the brain start working together because there is usually a weaker side of the body with this condition.
- Slow digestion can also be an issue, so offer up some gentle twists using the breath. Exhale on the twist. A few slow Sun Salutations can help to bring heat into the body and get things moving internally as well.
- Our go-to resource is the Mayo Clinic when we want to investigate more on specific medical issues. Here is their link
Dexterity: We Need it for our Handwriting and Counting! with Sherry Zak Morris
Just like our muscles, our balance and our flexibility… our dexterity is something that can diminish as we age if we don’t work at it. Here are two finger/hand sequences that challenge not just our dexterity but our brains too! Go slow, be mindful and really notice and appreciate your digits! Give these a try!