Tag Archives: anxiety

8 weeks to a better brain? Meditation changes your brain’s gray matter.

Our brain’s gray matter can change in shape and size (for the better!) after just eight weeks of practicing meditation. 16 participants took part in an eight-week meditation practice at The University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness (est.1979!) (more info HERE). The participants meditated “on nonjudgmental awareness of sensations, feelings, and state of mind” and also incorporated mindful yoga and movement. They practiced daily… Read more »

depression is under-recognized in Parkinson’s

The recent events around Robin Williams’ suicide and the revelation he was battling the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, as well as depression, brings to light the importance of managing the non-motor issues related to neurodegenerative disease. Depression is common in PD, and occurs in approximately one-quarter of those diagnosed. More importantly, depression and anxiety can occur up to 10… 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 – 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 »

yoga for depression in Parkinson’s – part 1

Depression is common in Parkinson’s disease, but is not easily distinguished. The implications of depression in someone with PD and their caregiver(s) can be as grave as physical symptoms, especially since there is a reluctance to admit you are suffering from depression. – In Parkinson’s, depression is less about guilt and self-reproach, but is more focused on the symptoms of… Read more »