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Yoga and Parkinson's Disease: A Journey to Health and Healing Kindle Edition

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"In this kind and instructive book, Peggy van Hulsteyn shares her struggles with Parkinson's disease and how the practice of yoga has eased her path. With compassion, humor, and a hard fought perspective, she has written an inspiring book and seeks to provide a practical guide to others in coping with Parkinson's disease." - US Senator Tom Udall. "A must-read for the recently diagnosed or people at any stage of Parkinson's disease. Her practical tips and well-explained poses will help anyone with Parkinson's explore ways to live as fully as possible. Van Hulsteyn guides the reader living with the disease to view yoga as a healing practice that will increase flexibility and mobility." -Joyce Oberdorf, president and CEO, National Parkinson Foundation

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"In this kind and instructive book, Peggy van Hulsteyn shares her struggles with Parkinson's disease and how the practice of yoga has eased her path. With compassion, humor, and a hard fought perspective, she has written an inspiring book and seeks to provide a practical guide to others in coping with Parkinson's disease."

--Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)


"I am inspired and enthused by van Hulsteyn's ebullient wit, humor, and positive spirit. Yoga and Parkinson's Disease is one of those much needed books that empowers, motivates, and educates people dealing with Parkinson's disease."

--Karl Robb, author of A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson's Disease


"Inspiring and motivating...a non-threatening and very practical guide to starting a yoga practice. In wonderfully witty and humorous prose, van Hulsteyn shares her story of living with Parkinson's disease and succinctly summarizes the value of exercise, particularly yoga, for dealing with the many symptoms of this disease."

--Cynthia Marie Fox, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, co-founder and vice president of operations of LSVT Global, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 10261 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (August 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EC9P1RC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Peggy van Hulsteyn, who has practiced yoga for over 40 years, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 12 years ago. She has since become a Parkinson's advocate and writes extensively on this subject. Her feature article describing how yoga can benefit people with Parkinson's was presented in both the American and Chinese versions of Yoga Journal.
She has written for Mademoiselle, Cosmopolitan, Modern Bride, Country Living, Cat Fancy, New Mexico Magazine, American Way (American Airlines in-flight magazine), and newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Examiner, and USA Today. Her work has been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese, and has appeared in Australian periodicals.
For more information, visit her at http://www.pdhatlady.com


Customer Reviews

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Format: Paperback
Peggy Van Hulstyn has written this book with loving kindness! She tells her story with such whimsy that you think she is telling it to a friend. I think I smiled the entire time I was reading it. It is a great book to share or have on hand. And for those suffering with Parkinson's, it is a book that can provide much comfort to not only your body but your soul. From a perspective of a friend with Parkinson's to those with it or without it and all who need a little movement, motivation and humor in their lives. This is a great guide for those who want to learn the many benefits of yoga positions and struggle with Parkinson's every day. The pictures provide clarity and direction for each individual pose, as well as an informative description to go along. Read it in good health!
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This is a beautifully presented book that includes the author's story and an introduction to basic yoga. The tone is friendly and inviting. Even if one does not suffer from Parkinson's Disease, this volume is a must for starting or returning to a consistent yoga practice. The photos, which include the author's husband and mentors, are excellent. In addition to being informative, it is fun to read.
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Although Ms van Hulsteyn's words are focused on those with PD, she will greatly inspire and motivate anyone who reads this book, especially those in their senior years.
"Yoga will exercise your mind and body" she states. Something all seniors will benefit from. It will make you want to get moving!
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Book review by Robert J. Guttman
October 2nd, 2013

My first reaction to Peggy van Hulsteyn's excellent book, "Yoga and Parkinson's Disease: A Journey to Health and Healing" is that the author is a an incredibly positive and optimistic person who is using every resource at her disposal including yoga while she is fighting off her cruel and terrible Parkinson's Disease.
The author is to be praised for writing this book to help others fighting this dread disease by providing her views on how yoga has helped calm and relax her during these past twelve years since she was diagnosed with PD.
Rather than responding that nothing can be done having a disease with no known complete cure, Peggy found solace and peace in using not only yoga but her lifelong skills as a writer to fight PD the best way she knew possible.
"By writing and lecturing about Parkinson's, as well as campaigning for more funding for Parkinson's research, I'm searching for meaning and a sense of purpose in my diagnosis," Peggy states in the beginning of her book that not only explains Parkinson's Disease but through the use of helpful illustrations shows how to use daily yoga exercises to fight PD.
Peggy's good humor and optimism ring out in the first part of her book entitled "My Story". The author urges her readers with PD, "to see the meaning of this hardship as a call to crown yourself reigning royal over your precious life to gather your roses and your friends, practice your yoga every day, cultivate your garden, hug your cat, learn French, read Auntie Mame to your niece, and embrace its message to `Live, live, live!'".
My interest in reading Peggy's book is that I also have a close relative who is suffering from Parkinson's Disease and I wanted to know more about the illness.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Full confession: I am a friend of the author. I don't have Parkinson's, but I do have MS and I'm 66. I love this book. The yoga instructions are so clear and easy to follow that I think that anyone facing challenges of age or illness will find this a "must have" guide. Real people illustrate the poses. Peggy herself illustrates many of the the poses in the "snacks" section. And David, her hunky husband on the cusp of 80, illustrates the Mountain pose.

It is inspirational and deeply personal. Peggy's personality--her humor, courage, and invincibility--are on every page. She doesn't gloss over the despair, limitations and frustrations imposed by Parkinson's. But she does show how yoga and attitude can help mitigate the day-to-day challenges.

My favorite story in this book is about Itzhak Perlman, a renowned violinist, who walks with crutches and braces as a result of childhood polio. At a concert when a violin string broke mid-piece, the audience anticipated a long, painful pause while he walked off stage to collect a new string or violin. Instead, Perlman recomposed the piece in his head and played passionately and powerfully with only 3 strings. In response to a standing ovation Perlman said, "You know sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left." That philosophy permeates Peggy's book and reframes for me the setbacks imposed by life.
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Peggy van Hulsteyn, long known for her sense of humor, whether in person or in her writing, provides the readers of Yoga and Parkinson's Disease with her wit as well as her wisdom. Profusely illustrated, as it should be, it takes you through a detailed series of yoga postures and poses that are good not only for those with Parkinson's Disease, but for anyone who wishes to benefit from the exercises.

Not someone to hesitate to fight back, the author tackles her own PD with common-sense yoga, a true "journey to health and healing." Already a fan of yoga before PD was diagnosed, she blends her love of and respect for yoga with her desire to share with her readers how helpful it can be. This book will be very useful for those with PD and their family members and friends who wish to practice yoga at home or in a class.
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