Category Archives: Tutorial

Yoga for sleep

kaitlynroland   February 13, 2014   No Comments on Yoga for sleep

We’ve been discussing sleep issues… why sleep is important (here) and sleep disorders in Parkinson’s disease (here) “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” M. Ghandi A little yoga before bed can be a great way to wind down the body, and mind too, and prep for… Read more »

Tutorial: teaching an old (downward) dog new tricks

Teachers can get stuck in how they explain yoga postures and students can get stuck in patterns of holding. Yoga is like learning a new language (uhh, sometimes it is… sanskrit!) and it make take years to translate from mind to body. Teachers have the opportunity to examine how they are using language and presenting postures… it’s up to them… Read more »

Tutorial: meditation 101

Being in the present moment is a meditation practice. There is a challenge in sitting still in meditation and watching the activity of the brain/mind. Anytime you sit with the intention and willingness to be mindful, transformation will happen. At first, you want to bring stability to the mind, perhaps by focusing on one thing, such as the breath (note: you can… Read more »

Yoga language: myth-busting twists and inversions

Amy Matthews is the co-author of Yoga Anatomy, the co-director of The Breathing Project’s Advanced Studies Program in New York City and has been teaching anatomy and kinesiology for over 15 years. Matthews did some yoga myth-busting for that I think everyone should know… ( (adapted) First, “Twists” Q: Do twists really “wring out” and cleanse the internal organs? Is that even… Read more »

Tutorial: Nah-dee-show-DAH-nah

Nadi (=”channel”) Shodhana (= “cleaning” “purifying”) Pranayama is an alternate-nostril breathing exercise. The right hand is placed in Mrigi Mudra (a Sanskrit word meaning “to seal, close, or lock up” or “gesture”) by pressing your hand into a fist with your index and middle fingers firmly into the base of your thumb. Stretch out the ring and pinky fingers. Keep your pinky relatively straight,… Read more »

Tutorial: 3-Part Breath

Dirga Pranayam, or three-part deep breathing, is the foundation of all the yogic breathing techniques. This breathing exercise mobilizing your life force energy (prana) to cleanse and balance. The three-part breath is deep and full breathing and helps dispel anxiety and create a sense of calm (via vagal nerve). The purpose this three-part breath is unlearn patterns of taking in slow… Read more »

Tutorial – yoga for a better night’s sleep in Parkinson’s – part 2

To follow up the information on sleep difficulties in Parkinson’s HERE… I wanted to introduce some of my favourite bedtime poses… one’s you can even do lying in bed to help relax the body, calm the mind and prepare for dreaming! – 1. Reclining Cobblers (Bound Angle) Pose  Benefits: Stimulates organs like kidneys, heart, and improves circulation. Stretches knees and inner… Read more »

Tutorial – yoga for depression in Parkinson’s – part 2

I wanted to following up with my introduction to depression in Parkinson’s disease and the benefits of yoga (hello, Breath of Joy!). In this TUTORIAL (new regular post!) are 3 yoga poses that I find are constructive ways to release tension, improve mood and find balance. 1. Gentle BackBends or Heart Openers Here, I want to offer 2 suggestions… 1.A…. Read more »

Tutorial: the mighty lion

This week I want to introduce a mixture of a yoga pose with pranayama (breathing) called “Lion’s Breath” or “Lion’s Pose” (Simhasana).   – Person’s living with PD may experience what is known as a “masked face“. This can include; lack of blinking, lack of expressions associated with emotion, smiling, frowning and grinning. In addition, someone can experience hypophonia (softened speech),… Read more »

the power of a chair

Utkatasana or chair pose Aging is accompanied by a natural decline in muscle tone and bone density that contributes to decreased mobility, stability, strength and endurance. Maintaining this functional capacity helps retain the ability to perform daily tasks with ease, such as getting up from a chair. – Parkinson’s disease affects a person’s ability to move, and focusing on exercise… Read more »