Yoga: A Wellness Solution and Its Relevance for Those with Parkinson's Disease.
Yoga, originating from ancient India, is a millennia-old discipline that has gradually become democratized worldwide. Combining physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation, yoga is seen not only as a form of exercise but also as a spiritual and holistic practice. So, why is there such enthusiasm for this discipline, and more importantly, how can adapted yoga assist individuals living with Parkinson’s disease?
What is yoga ?
The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit “yuj,” which means “to join” or “to unite.” This union refers to the connection between the body and the mind, one of the foundations of the practice. Yoga consists of a series of postures (or asanas) performed in synchronization with breathing. But beyond the physical dimension, yoga also encompasses mental and emotional aspects, aiming to harmonize the individual as a whole.
Why is yoga beneficial for health?
Muscle Strengthening and Flexibility: Contrary to what one might think, yoga isn’t just about relaxation. The postures require strength and endurance, thus helping to tone and fortify muscles. Moreover, regular practice enhances body flexibility.
Stress Reduction: Through meditation and breathing techniques (pranayama), yoga serves as a powerful ally against stress, anxiety, and assists in emotional regulation.
Improved Blood Circulation: Some poses, especially inversions, stimulate circulation, thereby promoting better oxygenation of organs and tissues.
Balance and Posture: By focusing on balance poses, yoga bolsters proprioception, improves posture, and prevents musculoskeletal disorders.
Adapted Yoga for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease.
When it comes to managing chronic conditions, seeking a complementary approach to conventional treatments can be invaluable. For those living with Parkinson’s disease, adapted yoga proves to be a real breath of fresh air. It not only offers physical benefits but also psychological support, aiding in managing certain specific symptoms of this disease.
Parkinson’s disease is characterized by tremors, rigidity, balance issues, and a variety of other motor and non-motor symptoms. In this context, yoga, with its adapted postures, meditation, and breathing techniques, can bring notable relief.
One of the keys to yoga’s success in the context of Parkinson’s is its adaptability. Instructors trained to work with Parkinson’s patients can tailor postures to meet individual needs, ensuring a safe and effective practice.
The benefits of adapted yoga for Parkinson’s are vast:
- Managing Motor Symptoms: Gentle stretches can help combat rigidity, while postures strengthen muscles and improve coordination.
- Emotional Support: Meditation and breathing techniques can help manage depression and anxiety, two common non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s patients.
- Improved Balance: Yoga strengthens the core muscles and improves proprioception, thus helping reduce the risk of falls.
- Increased Flexibility: Yoga can aid in increasing flexibility, which is especially beneficial in combating the stiffness associated with Parkinson’s.
Finally, beyond the physical and mental benefits, yoga offers a sense of community. Joining an adapted class allows those with Parkinson’s disease to connect with others who understand their daily challenges. This sense of belonging can be incredibly beneficial for overall well-being.
In conclusion, while Parkinson’s disease remains a formidable challenge for those afflicted, complementary approaches like adapted yoga can offer invaluable support. If you suffer from this disease or care for someone who does, consider incorporating yoga into your daily routine. As always, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional before starting any new form of exercise.
New Yoga Activity !
Parkinson Montreal-Laval is proud to introduce a new partnership with Lucie Gougeon, a franchised instructor of Yoga Tout.
Lucie unequivocally states that yoga has saved her life on several occasions. As a young communication student, she began working out at the gym and practicing yoga. During menopause, several personal challenges, including burnout, prompted her to deepen her yoga practice. Thanks to yoga, Lucie was able to return to work and regain serenity in her life. Later, following her intuition, she pursued a yoga and meditation instructor certification. Her passion became even more evident after completing the Yoga Tout training tailored for seniors. Now, she wishes to share her knowledge with the elderly, helping them age healthily and gracefully.
Registrations open (limited spots available)
Activity simultaneously offered online + in person in Laval (Chomedey)
Every Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
from October 17th to December 12th, 2023.
These 60-minute classes are adapted for both chair and floor, depending on the specific needs of the group. Every class incorporates breathing techniques, movements to engage the joints, adapted seated and/or standing postures based on the theme to be developed, and an 8 to 10-minute concluding relaxation session that utilizes mindful breathing, a body scan, and a brief nature-themed visualization related to well-being.
Details and registrations : [email protected] / 514-868-0597 ext. 3