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Yoga for Movement Disorders: Rebuilding Strength, Balance and Flexibility for Parkinson's Disease and Dystonia (Companion DVD) [Spiral-bound]

Renée Le Verrier , Lewis Sudarsky
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October 30, 2008 187341353X 978-1873413531 1
A daily guide to yoga practice designed for people with dystonia, muscle imbalance, rigidity, and spasms due to such causes as Parkinson's, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. The focus is on rebuilding strength and flexibility as well as physical and emotional balance. Part 1 prepares the reader for practicing yoga. It includes an introduction, a chapter on how to begin, from where and when to practice, how to use the book, safety precautions, and a note to teachers.Part 2 flows as a yoga class would, with breathing exercises, modified poses, and guided relaxation. The poses presented in later chapters include a variety of difficulty levels, from seated to standing, with step-by-step directions and easy-to-follow photos. The mind/body connection is woven throughout,and each chapter concludes with a brief list of why the day's practice is beneficial along with suggestions of how to apply the poses and concepts to everyday activities. LIM (Less Is More) Yoga, it tones and stretches gently, without exertion and with an emphasis on relaxation.


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I have arthritis and found Renee's instructional guide to be perfect for me. I have really benefitted from both the sitting and standing poses. The text lifts my spirits on each reading. I sent this book to a friend who has a very aggressive form of PD. Here is what she had to say about Renee's guide:

I am finally getting around to thanking you for the great yoga book you sent. I waited intentionally to contact you to see if Yoga works for me , IT DOES!!! After stiff, slow extensor muscles, balance is my major problem. Yoga has affected both symptoms positively. The change in slow and gradual but quite clear.The book itself is wonderful in that it doesn't ask you to do anything you can't do and the illustrations are superb. Even I can Figure out the various poses.So I've become a real convert I've even bought a classic yoga leotard. Interestingly, I think yoga does more for my problems than the standard exercise regimien offered by our local Parkinson's support group.Sooooo..... I thank you sincerely for the gift of the book and the gift of yoga as a way of treating Parkinson's symptoms. Yoga has clearly improved the quality of my life and for this I am eternally grateful. --Amazon review

I am not a Yoga fan, and always considered contorting the body into impossible positions to be a sure ticket to torn muscles. But, I found Renee Le Verrier's book, Yoga for Movement Disorders fascinating, and it has gone a long way toward changing my mind. A talented writer, and a Yoga instructor, Le Verrier tells the personal story of having a stroke when she was a preteen and losing mobility on one side. Now, in later life, Parkinson's disease has affected her other side. A cruel blow, the ultimate double whammy, you might think. No! She plans to fight Parkinson's until she draws her last breath, not in quite the same way she that she fought and won the battle with the stroke, but through Yoga. Yoga MD is much more than a collection and description of exercises. The delicate touches in book, the details connecting body with mind and spirit, like wrinkling one's nose during a session, and gazing upward and casting one's mind to the stars, are priceless. If you ever had any doubts that Yoga can heal the mind and the spirit as well as the body, Yoga MD is the book for you. If you never had doubts, you will find much to reassure you. --Amazon review

I am using your yoga book with two of my clients and they love it. I am so happy to have this as a good resource. --Suzanne Uschold, LPT

I am not a Yoga fan, and always considered contorting the body into impossible positions to be a sure ticket to torn muscles. But, I found Renee Le Verrier's book, Yoga for Movement Disorders fascinating, and it has gone a long way toward changing my mind. A talented writer, and a Yoga instructor, Le Verrier tells the personal story of having a stroke when she was a preteen and losing mobility on one side. Now, in later life, Parkinson's disease has affected her other side. A cruel blow, the ultimate double whammy, you might think. No! She plans to fight Parkinson's until she draws her last breath, not in quite the same way she that she fought and won the battle with the stroke, but through Yoga. Yoga MD is much more than a collection and description of exercises. The delicate touches in book, the details connecting body with mind and spirit, like wrinkling one's nose during a session, and gazing upward and casting one's mind to the stars, are priceless. If you ever had any doubts that Yoga can heal the mind and the spirit as well as the body, Yoga MD is the book for you. If you never had doubts, you will find much to reassure you. --Amazon review

I am using your yoga book with two of my clients and they love it. I am so happy to have this as a good resource. --Suzanne Uschold, LPT --This text refers to an alternate Spiral-bound edition.

About the Author

The author is a certified yoga instructor and a Parkinson's Disease patient. She specilizes in teaching yoga to movement disordered patients. She has published a yoga book for children and several articles on the subject.Foreword by Dr. Lewis Sudarsky, Director of the Movement Disorder Clinic at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston; Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School

The author is a certified yoga instructor and a Parkinson's disease patient. She specilizes in teaching LIM - Less is More - Yoga to movement disordered patients. She has published a yoga book for children and several articles on the subject.

Product Details

  • Series: Companion DVD
  • Spiral-bound: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Merit Publishing Int'l; 1 edition (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187341353X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873413531
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoga for Movement Disorders December 19, 2008
Format:Spiral-bound
I am not a Yoga fan, and always considered contorting the body into impossible positions to be a sure ticket to torn muscles. But, I found Renee Le Verrier's book, Yoga for Movement Disorders fascinating, and it has gone a long way toward changing my mind. A talented writer, and a Yoga instructor, Le Verrier tells the personal story of having a stroke when she was a preteen and losing mobility on one side. Now, in later life, Parkinson's disease has affected her other side. A cruel blow, the ultimate double whammy, you might think. No! She plans to fight Parkinson's until she draws her last breath, not in quite the same way she that she fought and won the battle with the stroke, but through Yoga. Yoga MD is much more than a collection and description of exercises. The delicate touches in book, the details connecting body with mind and spirit, like wrinkling one's nose during a session, and gazing upward and casting one's mind to the stars, are priceless. If you ever had any doubts that Yoga can heal the mind and the spirit as well as the body, Yoga MD is the book for you. If you never had doubts, you will find much to reassure you.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource December 19, 2008
Format:Spiral-bound
This book is a wonderful resource for people with movement disorders. I have cervical dystonia and this book has given me a whole new perspective on yoga and fitness in general. One of the best things about Renee's program is that the yoga features "chair support." You do not have to worry about balance issues because there is always support there for you. Renee does a great job of adapting traditional yoga poses for folks with movement disorders. Her writing is clear and warm and the photos are large so you can see in detail what you should be doing. This is a real find.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Cindy B
Format:DVD-ROM
After recently moving into a new home, I lost my "Yoga for Movement Disorders" DVD and am going to order a replacement because this DVD has really helped me with back pain. I have had Parkinson's Disease for 6 years and the stiffness, especially in my back and hips is what bothers me the most. The rigidity of muscles with PD also pulls on your spine and creates or increases curvatures which only make balance and gait worse. Tai Chi had and has helped me with balance. Yoga is something I only started when this DVD came out. I have no prior experience with Yoga, so I only know yoga from Renee Le Verrier's book and DVD. Renee also has Parkinson's Disease so I think her yoga instruction is right on target for my symptoms.

What I like most about this DVD is that it is manageable. I can learn the yoga movements easily and I know over time I can do them better and they will challenge me more as I can do them better. But even just starting out -- I CAN DO IT!! There are seated and standing positions and I do both of them, depending on how wobbly I feel that day. Also, each yoga program is only 10 minutes or so and because of that I WILL DO IT!!

This DVD is helping me with flexibility, smoothness of movement, elongating my spine and releasing tension from spinal curvature. Over the many years leading up to my diagnosis and the six years since I was diagnosed at 47, my body has forgotten how to move normally and freely. We have to retrain our bodies to move. We have to let ourselves loosen and move our spines in all directions. We have to let our bodies elongate with both the support and release of our muscles and that's what Renee's Yoga for Movement Disorders does for me and why I am ordering yet another copy of the DVD to replace my lost one!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! June 12, 2009
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This yoga book is a great addition to the home yoga library. The author provides clear descriptions of supported poses and includes photos for each step as well. The book has many helpful tips for those dealing with movement issues - which would be of great assistance to both instructors and students.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fills a much-needed void December 18, 2008
Format:Spiral-bound
"Yoga for Movement Disorders: Rebuilding Strength, Balance and Flexibility for Parkinson's Disease and Dystonia" fills a much-needed void providing yoga exercises for people with movement disorders, especially Parkinson's Disease. The directions and photographs are clear and easy to understand. This book is a must if you have movement disorders or know someone who does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Spiral-bound
Spiral bound for ease of use, Yoga for Movement Disorders: Rebuilding Strength, Balance and Flexibility for Parkinson's Disease and Dystonia is a straightforward guide by certified yoga instructor and Parkinson's disease patient Renee Le Verrier. Full color photographs accompany the detailed text guiding readers of all skill and experience levels through basic poses. Embracing an "ease into it" approach, Yoga for Movement Disorders is divided into part one, which offers preparations for practicing yoga, and part two, which suggests a daily guide to applying the poses. Though especially ideal for helping people with movement disorders, Yoga for Movement Disorders is also an excellent introduction to reaping the benefits of yoga for people of all backgrounds and walks of life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strength, balance and Flexibility June 30, 2009
By C. King
Format:Spiral-bound
The Yoga For Movement Disorders book carefully lays out yoga activities that can be accomplished while sitting or standing, and can be done by persons with Parkinson's Disease. Exercise and stretching are essential in maintainance for PD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by my Physical Therapist
I am a 60 year old woman with Parkinson's disease. I have read the book and exercised with the tape. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vicky L. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Love & use your book;
Hi Renee, love your book, I am a personal trainer & have 2 PD clients; I use some of your exercises as well as some qigong and calisthenics, juggling, basketball, Frisbee... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bruno
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book.
If the title speaks to you, or concerns somebody you love, buy this book. It is clear, thorough, encouraging, and written by somebody who has been there when it comes to motor... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carrie On
5.0 out of 5 stars yoga helping Parkinson's
A family member has Parkinson's. We are seeing results after 2 weeks of following the exercises in the book. Great book.
Published 3 months ago by Mary E. Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong item shipped
I was disappointed to receive this DVD when I clearly ordered the book. I am not sure who to contact about this. I wanted the book for a presentation I was giving. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Rain
5.0 out of 5 stars In search of inner balance.
I have been practicing Tai Chi since the age of 20 due to Dystonia. This book helps persons improve their life with Dystonia.
Published 8 months ago by Divanicio Pessoa
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the Dr Ordered!!!!
If you have any type of Motor Movement Disorder, THIS IS THE BOOK TO HAVE!!! These simple, yet effective exercises help strengthen your core muscles while keeping your mind &... Read more
Published 8 months ago by clm
5.0 out of 5 stars Get for home use as well as group classes
Exceeded my expectations!!!
What better way to be taught than to have someone who has experienced what's been taught. My preference for learning, Thank you, Renee
Published 8 months ago by F. A. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise!
I purchased this book quite by accident. I was perusing Amazon's site and this book came to my attention and when I saw that my neurologist has written the Foreword, I immediately... Read more
Published 15 months ago by R.R.Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to use at home
I go to a Yoga class for people with MS. This book allows me to safely do the postures at home when I can't get. To class orwould like to do more. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mel
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