Parkinson’s Disease – How Yoga Can Help


The disease is degenerative and tends to happen in stages. The onset often occurs during a person’s middle age years. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is often inherited.

The great news is that your lifestyle choices can drastically reduce your odds of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD) and they can also reduce the symptoms associated with PD.

Yoga is also one of the best ways to achieve optimal balance, flexibility, and considerable strength. Whether you suffer from PD or not.

Yoga encourages movement and conscious attention to the breath. This cardiovascular repetition of movement can release dopamine into the brain and allow for the flow of essential hormones naturally.  It also allows a person to release any negative tension thus reducing stress held in the body.

We already know that research supports the use of yoga to improve your overall quality of life.  However, did you know that it also suggests that a regimen of healthy nutrition, a regular moderate yoga practice, and meditation will all stimulate pathways to the basal ganglia; the area of the brain that controls movement (primary motor cortex).

That is why it is never too late to learn about ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle—through diet and exercise.

The earlier that you start, the better the outcome will be for you, and the more beneficial the effects will be.

That’s why Yoga East is starting a new program dedicated specifically to Parkinson’s Patients and their caregivers.  We believe that yoga can help to provide relief for many of the symptoms of PD, and we want to help individuals suffering from this disease see an improved quality of life.

We know that PD patients need their doctors, and we do not pretend to be medical professionals.  Our goal is to use the skills and experience we have, to provide safe, effective, and meaningful classroom experiences that will help to increase flexibility, decrease stress, and hopefully contribute to a better overall health of the person participating in these classes.  Our goal is to work in combination with allopathic medicine using yogic postures, meditation techniques, and breath work.

These classes will start at a Specialized facility located in Ooltewah, Tennessee in July, and will be added to our schedule when we move to our new location late this summer / early fall.  The goal for this class and all our classes is to provide a regular opportunity for you to experience a yoga class that is perfect for you no matter where you are in your yoga journey.

If you have any questions, please, don’t hesitate to call the studio at any time.  We will be happy to help! If you would like more information or would like to sign up to stay in the loop about all things Yoga for Parkinson’s Patients happening here at Thrive Yoga and Wellness, check out our page at www.thriveyogaandwellness.com/thrive-ooltewah.