Park Yoga

Yoga Support Program

Park Yoga is a support program from Parkinson’s WA for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their partners/carers. The word “Yoga” means union or harmony and is a set of practices that work to create harmony of mind, body and spirit. Yoga combines breathing, stretching and balancing for a holistic form of exercise that is beneficial to the body and mind. The yoga support program is a relaxing, social experience and is suitable for people of all ages, no previous yoga experience is necessary. Read more about the benefits of yoga from health direct and ABC News

The Park Yoga teacher Barbara has over 30 years of experience, and she also has Parkinson’s which means she understands the challenges people with Parkinson’s face. Barbara has adapted the class so it is enjoyable and tailored for a person with Parkinson’s. Relaxation is a key focus of the class, in addition to standing, sitting and lying down exercises.

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Yoga is beneficial for people with Parkinson’s as it improves:

  • muscle rigidity and stiffness
  • the strengthening of muscles and breathing
  • balance and reduces fall risk
  • flexibility
  • relaxation
  • emotional wellbeing
  • the calmness of mind
  • clarity of thinking
  • posture
  • mobility

The weekly Park Yoga class takes place in Karawara – Wednesdays, 10.00am to 12 noon – George Burnett Leisure Centre, Manning Road, Karawara. This includes an opportunity to socialise over morning tea.
Cost: $10 per person, per class.

There have also been lots of reports that yoga is beneficial for many reasons including visibly reducing tremor and balance and a researcher in the USA also completed academic research on the topic.

To find out more about the Parkinson’s WA Park Yoga support program call (08) 6457 7373 or email: info@parkinsonswa.org.au

Download the information booklet here

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