A yoga practice for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.
This series is an excellent way for people with Parkinson’s Disease to start a new yoga practice or continue to grow in their current practice with a primary goal of moving confidently!
In this 4-week series, intended for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, you will work to increase balance, strength, posture, and mobility. We will focus on yoga postures, with modification and adaptations as needed, that specifically address movement deficits people with Parkinson’s Disease experience. There will also be a strong emphasis on the breath and mindfulness as a means of promoting relaxation and decreasing anxiety, which for many increases physical symptoms of PD.
This series is designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Requirements for attendance include being able to walk (with or without assistive device) and having a diagnosis of Parkinson’s without a secondary major diagnosis (i.e. brain injuries, stroke with significant deficits, MS, etc.). Minor secondary diagnosis are acceptable (i.e. arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.). It is safest to inform your instructor of any concerns you have, including health issues other than Parkinson’s. If you are concerned this class may not be appropriate due to decreased mobility (wheelchair bound) or another significant diagnosis, please contact Amanda
Class is limited to 12 students so pre-registration is recommended
AMANDA WAYNICK BUCHANAN, MSOT/L, CYT
Amanda is a licensed occupational therapist working at UT Medical Center and a certified yoga teacher. She began practicing yoga initially in 2006, but did not have a dedicated practice. During her graduate studies in occupational therapy, she learned more of the benefits of yoga for everybody, despite physical or cognitive challenges, and how yoga was being used in the therapy world. After moving back to Knoxville for clinical rotations in 2012, she developed a personal practice, and found she loved vinyasa flow and power style classes. In 2015, Amanda completed her 200 hour teacher training at Glowing Body with the knowledgeable & fantastic Cindy Dollar. Since completing teacher training, she has enjoyed working with a variety of people. Amanda believes yoga is for everyone and should be made accessible to everyone. As a teacher, she strives to combine her knowledge of anatomy and adaptability to the asanas of yoga. Amanda enjoys learning from everyone she encounters, both teachers and students, in order to deepen her yoga practice.