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.
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.
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!!
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.
"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.
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.
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.