Teaching Yoga for Parkinsons
Date: Sun 26 Feb
Time: 1000-1300 GMT (UK Time)
Venue: Online via Zoom
“Charlotte Kahn is a brilliant and knowledgeable Yoga instructor. Charlotte has been working with Parkinson's Care and Support UK since the beginning of the year 2020, delivering Parkinson's Specialist Yoga and Mindfulness Yoga to people affected by Parkinson's disease. Charlotte's knowledge in Parkinson's makes her our best instructor.
With Parkinson's sufferers, patience is everything and Charlotte always have that to make participants feel comfortable, her sessions have transformed the lives of many of the participants. After each of Charlotte's sessions, the feedback we get from the participants are overwhelming. At Parkinson's Care and Support UK, we are grateful to be working with Charlotte.”
Kovi Noukounou, Director of Services & Founder, Parkinson’s & Support UK
“I had almost given up hope of finding a new pursuit to recharge me physically and mentally - without compromising my serious health issues - when I had the good fortune to be recommended Chair Yoga and Charlotte of Maida Yoga. Under Charlotte’s patient instruction I was also able to embrace Zoom and at the same time relax my old bones and brain cells in complete safety.”
Steve Lewis, Yoga for Parkinson’s participant
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Join Charlotte for an interactive and practical workshop.
This workshop discusses the experience of living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). You will learn to understand the condition and learn you can use yoga practices fro relieving the physical symptoms of PD and improve emotional wellbeing.
We will examine how yoga can help those directly involved and the practices which help the symptoms and practices which should be avoided. We will explore the benefits of yoga for people with PD and how it can be used to alleviate anxiety to help promote a feeling of wellbeing.
The workshop includes an experiential yoga practice tailored for people with PD.
In this training you will discover:
- The condition, symptoms, and its impact on the lives of those affected
- The benefits of yoga for people with PD
- How yoga practice can be tailored to meet the specific needs of those with PD
- Example asana, pranayama, relaxations which have been beneficial for those with PD
- Yoga practices that can support the emotional challenges of PD, such as anxiety and depression
- A yoga practice giving you a sample lesson plan
This event will be recorded for participants.
“I have attended all Mindfulness Yoga classes run by Charlotte Kahn for Parkinson’s Care and Support UK. Charlotte's thoughtful and inclusive approach encourages me and other Parkinson's patients to take part in her exercise class which she runs every week. Her key starting point each session is for us to take care as we do the exercises, ensuring that we are 'mindful' of what we feel, of what comes up for us and avoiding risk. There is a mutual awareness in my colleagues of the benefit we derive from the classes and our health improvement as we tackle this disease. We notice how she adapts her session each week showing us she is 'mindful' of the world around us and of the impact of her teaching.”
Martin Willmot , Yoga for Parkinson’s participant
“Charlotte's kindness and gentleness brings motivation to our class. It requires patience and practice but worthwhile as I always feel calm and relaxed at the end of each session. I would recommend yoga to anyone rather than going it alone with just books or recordings.”
Marilyn Beecham, Yoga for Parkinson’s participant
“Charlotte’s Mindfulness Yoga Class provides me with an opportunity to step back from the everyday for an hour and just focus on the present. I always find the class helpful and relaxing and the gentle exercises and guided meditation are a great way to unwind and rebalance.”
Aggie Blane, Yoga for Parkinson’s participant
About the facilitator: Charlotte Kahn
Around the same time that Charlotte became a yoga teacher, her father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Using yoga tools and techniques, Charlotte discovered first-hand how yoga could help her father’s PD symptoms. Since becoming a yoga therapist, her mission is to share yoga to help improve the lives of people with PD.
Charlotte has worked with client groups affected by PD for over 5 years. With the support of the charity Parkinson’s Care and Support UK (PCSUK), Charlotte has run over 80 specialist yoga sessions both in-person and online during the pandemic.
For this year’s Parkinson’s Awareness Week, Charlotte ran a well-attended 7-day mindfulness course designed for people with PD. Charlotte was recently invited to speak as a specialist yoga teacher on the panel for a forum for Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD).
She also is part of the task force for the world’s first Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy. Delivered through a partnership between PCSUK and the University of Kent, the new Centre will offer free access to long-standing, non-drug therapies such as yoga when it opens in Spring 2022.