What do we know about yoga for people with Parkinson's?
In looking through the scientific literature, there are a few studies that support hatha yoga for persons with PD. This is clearly an area of research that is just starting to gain ground. What studies do exist suggest modest benefits for:
The issue of mobility has important implications for falls in PD. Yoga participation can improve functional mobility and how a person with PD walks. Standing yoga poses target the hip extensor, knee extensor and ankle plantar flexor, which support center-of-mass during walking and may improve overall stability.
Balance: Balance training is an important component of PD therapy, as 40 percent of nursing home admissions are preceded by a fall. Research shows yoga-related improvements in balance (tandem, one-leg) and an associated reduction in fear of falling; this can also help keep people with PD active in their community.
by Kaitlyn P. Roland
Ernesto Divo @eadivo
My dear friend and dedicated student Ernesto practicing #bakasana
Ernesto is 68 years old, he was diagnosed with Párkinson 17 years ago.
Ernesto has being practicing yoga with me for almost a year.
Some days we practice Ashtanga Half Primary, some days we practice yoga for core strengthening. Since Ernesto also has an anterior pelvis, and two surgeries in the spine, including completed bulged herniated lumbar discs.
Every day when Ernesto comes to practice I feel so happy. I have never told him in person. I am sure he gets it, but he makes me feel so proud of him, and he makes me feel so proud of me too as his teacher. Also he is a teacher to me in life, in company of his beautiful wife Marisol @mboschettidivo.
I love you both very much and thank you for riding with me on this beautiful trip, “this life.”
Thank you for allowing me to be your teacher.
Thank you for all your love. “The light within me, honors the light within you.”