Yoga Module for Parkinson's Disease

We are delighted to share this new study with you, therefore, which developed and validated an integrated yoga module for Parkinson's Disease.

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Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms.

Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain, called neurons. Parkinson's primarily affects neurons in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra. Some of these dying neurons produce dopamine, a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As Parkinson's progresses, the amount of dopamine produced in the brain decreases, leaving a person unable to control movement in their usual way.

Previous studies have reported the beneficial role of yoga in alleviating the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease; however, a validated yoga module for Parkinson's is, as yet, unavailable. We are delighted to share this new study with you, therefore, which developed and validated an integrated yoga module for Parkinson's Disease :)

The integrated yoga module was prepared after a thorough review of classical yoga texts and previous findings. Twenty experienced yoga experts, who fulfilled the inclusion criteria, were selected to validate the content. A total of 28 practices were included. Data analysis revealed that of the 28 practices, 21 exhibited significant content validity. Researchers concluded that the integrated yoga module is valid for Parkinson's Disease. Further studies are now needed to determine the feasibility and efficacy of the developed if any of you are budding researchers out there.....!

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS