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National Parkinson Foundation’s yoga & wellness retreat at Kripalu – Join us!

Did you know that registration is now open for two Parkinson’s wellness retreats at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains, near Stockbridge, Massachusetts? Join the Kripalu, the National Parkinson Foundation, myself and other PD experts! See my previous experiences at this retreat for pictures, descriptions and schedule ideas: June 2012, June 2013, October 2013 (click on dates for… Read more »

Tutorial: Forward bend

Forward bends can be done both sitting AND standing. Forward bends create length in the spine, relieve any compression, and can promote introspection. But, tight hamstrings and physical patterns, such as rounded shoulders (hello, sitting in front of a computer for hours! check out some great info on “un-rounding” your shoulders HERE) can make forward bends challenging! Forward bends also provide… Read more »

The great work of your life : summer reads

Stephen Cope is the director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living (and who I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to at the NPF/Kripalu Parkinson’s yoga retreat in June!). His book The Great Work of Your Life is a guide to help you on your own life’s journey to find and embrace your true calling, or dharma (click on… Read more »

a yoga/wellness retreat for parkinson’s

This past week I attended “A Wellness Retreat for People Living with Parkinson’s and Their Care Partners“. This retreat was sponsored by the National Parkinson Foundation and hosted by Kripalu, health living program. We attended sessions on integrating yoga and meditative practices into your life. We learned about disease/symptom management, exercise, communication and care planning. We practiced yoga together. We… 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 »

“A Pranayama a day…”

“Prana is the breath of life of all beings in the universe.” B. K. S. Iyengar Light on Pranayama Pranayama lies at the heart of yoga and is defined as the control of the breath, or life force. According to the Bhagavad Gita,  prāṇāyām is made from 2 separate Sanskrit words,  prāṇ and āyām, and translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing”. Pranayama is the fourth ‘limb’ of… 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 »

living your yoga with Parkinson’s disease

I had an inspiring experience June 4-9 at a Wellness Retreat for People with Parkinson’s disease and their Care Partners at the Kripalu Centre for Yoga & Health, located in the beautiful Berkshires, Massachusetts. A couple years ago, I did my Yoga Teacher Training through a Kripalu affiliate studio in Kelowna BC (http://www.trinityyogacenter.com/), so it felt almost like a homecoming for me… Read more »

travels & island living

happy summer! it seems summer has officially shown it’s beautiful smile here in victoria and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it! This past couple months has been full of travels, adventures, and settling down… I’ll give you a sneak peak of what has been keeping me busy… – mid-may we boarded an airplane and partied in vegas with a… Read more »

inspiration

kaitlynroland   April 24, 2012   No Comments on inspiration

my second Yoga for Parkinson’s session is coming to a close, and am I ever going to miss those ladies! I’ve had such a wonderful time with them, watching them move with more grace, balance, and awareness as the weeks went on- so inspiring. some things that have stuck with me along the way… for some, there is a greater struggle… Read more »