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YOGA: Alignment of mind, body and spirit

Feb. 06, 2018

Yoga involves a set of postures and controlled breathing to help attain good physical and mental health. Many studies have proven that these exercises help achieve good health.

Studies have also shown that regular practice of yoga for people with Parkinson’s can help control the disease and improve the condition. Stiffness in the body’s core is one of the most debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s because it can hamper the ability to walk across a room or simply stand upright.

Restorative poses and gentle twists that strengthen the trunk are believed to reduce stiffness and improve mobility.

Some benefits include:

  • Visible reduction in tremors
  • Improvement in the steadiness of gait (immediately following yoga session)
  • Improved control of body movements
  • Improved mobility and range of movement
  • Improved balance
  • Reduced depression, anxiety and fatigue
  • Reduced stiffness
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased mindfulness

There are 3 components to any good yoga program:

  • Controlled breathing (Pranayam)
  • Postures (Asanas)
  • Meditation (Dhyan)

Yoga for people with Parkinson’s can be done in a chair or on a mat. Pillows and bolsters can be used for support. Loose comfortable clothing should be worn. An effective yoga and lifestyle program can make a huge improvement in the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s.

St John of God Yoga Terms for 2018
St John of God - Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital has arranged a program of yoga terms for 2018.  They are run by Dr Sanjay Raghav - a qualified Yoga teacher who is also a neurologist with special interest in movement disorders which includes Parkinson’s.

Dr Raghav has successfully conducted yoga classes for those with Parkinson’s in collaboration with Parkinson’s Victoria. He has a firm belief in holistic health and believes Yoga is an important tool in keeping yourself healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Download the brochure here or contact St John of God - Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital on 9788 3333 to secure your place.


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