Parkinson's Movement Center Yoga

Why Yoga

  • Helps to develop neuro-pathways in the brains

  • Helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression by reducing cortisol levels

  • Physical practice helps to bring flexibility and strength to the body Pranayama (breath) exercises the lungs and helps to keep passageways clear

  • Chanting mantra helps to stimulate the neuropathways as well as exercise the vocal chord

  • Helps to engage both the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems

  • “Yoga is an effective way for Parkinson’s sufferers to increase flexibility and ward off the rigidity associated with PD. Muscle spasms, atrophy, and rigidity associated with movement disorders often restrict balance and range of motion. Research shows that the benefits of yoga for movement disorders include improved strength, flexibility, balance, overall fitness and quality of life.”

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Yoga helps you to “feel good”

  • Yoga boosts levels of feel-good chemicals in the brain

  • GABA -gamma-Aminobutyric acid, a neurotransmitter in the brain which helps to reduce excitability and therefore has a calming effect

  • Serotonin – acts as a neurotransmitter and helps regulate mood. Also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion

  • Dopamine – a type of neurotransmitter that is known as the chemical messenger. It plays a role in how we feel pleasure. It also affects heart rate, blood vessel function, kidney function, sleep, mood, attention, and movement

Why does yoga help

  • The yoga system is more than just asana or postures

  • Asana is the physical practice

  • Pranayama is breath or energy practice

  • For some there is a deeper connection to the self or even a higher power

  • Brings body awareness

When we do yoga, it helps us to release the mind-stuff which allows us to relax. Through relaxation, the brain and body can function on a better level. The physical practice of yoga helps to stretch/lengthen the muscles of the body which will help with rigidity and mobility.

The practice of yoga helps to strengthen the muscles of the body to help with balance and postural instability.

Body Awareness: Within the yoga system, there is a belief that we are in constant change. Through awareness, we recognize the changes in our bodies with a sense of non-judgment. When we don’t judge ourselves, we have an easier time accepting what is happening and giving ourselves the permission to adjust what we need to.



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