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Yoga to help you live with Parkinson's disease

Yoga to help you live with Parkinson's disease

Here are some yoga techniques that can help you deal with the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Written by Smt Hansaji Jayadeva Yogendra |Updated : March 10, 2015 6:27 PM IST

Yoga for parkinson's diseaseParkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder that often affects the elderly. The condition can be crippling and leads to eventual loss of muscle control. A patient with this condition often experiences symptoms like tremours, stiffness and postural instability. But all hope is not lost. Although this disease has no cure as yet, there are some yoga practices that can help relieve the symptoms. Here are some of them.

Rechak is a yoga technique that one can use to reduce or control tremors. Sit in Sukhasana, take a deep breath in, then exhale out completely and hold your breath for a few seconds. Then you repeat the same circuit for maybe three times to start with. You can gradually increase the number of circuits you do. This technique helps you get rid of any underlying stress and depression thus relaxing your mind and body.

Secondly, you could use the synchronizing technique. When you bend forward breath out and breathe in while bending backward. Remember to do this in any action that requires you do bend either forward or backward and you are doing yoga all day long. When we do this we learn to focus on every single action that we do and we can do it with mindfulness. It is also very important to practice asanas that improve neuro-muscular coordination. Poses like Talasana the palm tree pose and Utkatasana the chair pose stretch the muscle of your body well and strengthen them. When you practice these asanas you must hold the pose for as long as you can. This will help you improve your coordination and balance.

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TalasanaTalasana or the palm tree pose:

Steps to do this asana:

  • Stand erect with your feet apart and keep your back straight
  • Look straight ahead and keep your gaze fixed at a point
  • Inhaling raise your arms up and simultaneously raise your heels, balancing the weight of your body on your toes
  • Ensure that your raised arms touch your ears, palms facing upwards and your fingers pointing towards the ceiling
  • Stretch your body completely in this position and stay for as long as you can
  • Repeat the asana three times

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