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Yoga for Parkinson's Disease Teacher Training

Tri Yoga Boston.org apda.org
This program is sponsored by the
Massachusetts Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association
and TriYoga Boston

Yoga for Parkinson's

Teacher Training Certificate Program



April 26—30, 2014


The Optimstic Yogi

Yoga teachers and health care professionals whose students and clients live with Parkinson's: This program is designed for you. Discover how you can share the benefits of yoga.


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The Yoga Teacher Training for Students with Parkinson's Program was featured as a poster session at the 2013 World Parkinson Congress in Montreal.

Download the Yoga Teacher Training Poster:
Parkinsons Yoga Teacher Training Poster
Highlights from the 2013
Teacher Training Program:


"One of the best continuing education courses I've ever taken."

"I loved every minute of this course."

"Comprehensive and informative. Very thorough."

"Renee's experience with yoga and PD was invaluable."


One, Two, and Five Day Options
One Day
This option offers an overview of Parkinson's with a focus on safe and effective strategies.
Two Day
The second day adds sessions on various physical, emotional and mental benefits of yoga.
Five Day
The five-day certification program expands on the two-day option. Participants will learn to assess, adapt, and match modifications to best benefit studends with Parkinson's

* Cost does not include lodging or meals

One, Two, and Five Day Options

  • Understand the definition of the disease and the terminology that describes various symptoms such as bradykinesia and freezing.

  • Identify motor and non-motor symptoms of the disease.

  • Gain insight into the benefits of yoga specific to movement disorders, including breath work, asanas and flows that best suit a student with Parkinson's.

  • Cue modifications for several basic seated and standing poses, including tadasana, uttanasana and savasana.

  • Ensure safety before, during and after class, with tips on studio set-up, asana supports and scheduling.

  • Enhance relaxation throughout the class as well as in savasana.

  • Translate traditional asanas into modified poses for at least 2 forward bends, 2 back bends, 2 twists, 2 lateral bends, 1 inversion, 1 restorative position.

  • Plan and cue a sample class, including identification and setup of necessary props and supports.

  • Create and maintain a detailed safety checklist for before, during and after class.

  • Be able to assess and match modifications and supports to student needs in:
    • Alignment & posture
    • Strength, flexibility & balance
    • Relaxation
    • Yoga breathing
    • Depression and anxiety
    • Yoga off the mat

  • Measures for Certification
    • Teachers observe and assess participants during practice on Day Four and throughout Day Five Practicum
    • Participants complete a written exam/list of questions on Day Five


Presenters

Beth (Brahmi) Gold-Bernstein, E-RTY500

Beth (Brahmi) Gold-Bernstein Brahmi is the Director TriYoga Boston, E-RYT 500, Senior TriYoga teacher and Teacher Trainer. Brahmi has been practicing yoga since 1976 and TriYoga since 1993. She has recently retired from 25 years as a high tech industry analyst, author, speaker, and trainer, to devote full time to sharing the therapeutic and transforming knowledge of TriYoga.

Lorrie Jacobsohn, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

Lorrie Jacobsohn Lorrie is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with expertise in trauma, sudden bereavement, sexual assault and domestic violence. She teaches Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, Yoga for Trauma, and oversees nursing programs within the therapeutic yoga curriculum.

Renée Le Verrier, RYT200

Renee Le Verrier Renée teaches yoga for Massachusetts General Hospital's Parkinson's Partners Series and for Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital's stroke recovery program. She is the author of both Yoga for Movement Disorders: Rebuilding Strength, Balance and Flexibility for Parkinson's Disease and Dystonia and Yoga for Movement Disorders Companion DVD. Her teachings focus on creating adaptations for individuals who find it challenging to move with ease. Renee also co-directs the Parkinson's Disease Arts & Movement Program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the APDA and is a Parkinson's Advocate in Research (PAIR) for the Parkinson Disease Foundation

Tami Rork DeAngelis, PT, DPT, GCS

Tami Rork DeAngelis Tami is a senior physical therapist at the Center for Neurorehabilitation, where, since 2006, she has been providing clinical care and participating in research and educational activities to persons with Parkinson disease and related movement disorders. Tami is also the Coordinator for the American Parkinson Disease Association National Rehabilitation Resource Center at BU where she provides information and resources on exercise and rehabilitation to patients, families and health care providers around the country.

Cathi Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN

Cathi Thomas Cathi is the Nurse Coordinator of the American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center at Boston University Medical Center. During the past twenty-five years Cathi has provided care to individuals with Parkinson's disease and their families. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist in neurorehabilitation, she has developed programs to assess the impact of Parkinson's disease on a patient and family and to assist them in coping with this condition.


Agenda

Day One: Overview

Teacher Training Day 1
  • Introductions

  • Morning Yoga Practice with Renee Le Verrier, RYT200

  • Session: What Is Parkinson's? with Cathi Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN

    • Review epidemiology, symptoms, medical management and role of the medical team; medications

  • Session: Safety and Benefit with Tami Rork DeAngelis, PT, DPT, GCS

    • Target areas for stretching, strengthening and balance as well as strategies for managing rigidity, freezing, tremor and minimizing fall risk.

  • Yoga & Health with Beth (Brahmi) Gold-Bernstein E-RYT 500

    • Yoga philosophy and clinical research on the mind body connection. Breathing (Pranayama) practice.

Day Two: Yoga for PD, Anxiety, and Depression

Teacher Training Day 2
  • Morning Yoga Practice with Renee

  • Session: Translations with Renee Le Verrier and Tami Rork DeAngelis

  • Renee and Tami translate symptom management and physical therapy goals into asana practice, discussing and demonstrating sample choice of postures and modifications.

  • Session: Yoga for Anxiety and Depression with Lorraine Jacobsohn, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

  • Lorraine presents on how yoga helps anxiety and depression, including clinical research findings.

  • Yoga & Health with Beth

  • Yoga research on sound and brain health is reviewed before a chanting practice.

  • Session: Panel of yoga practitioners living with Parkinson's

  • Panelists share their stories on the benefits of yoga for Parkinson's. This session is open to the yoga and Parkinson's community.

Day Three: Modifications - Why, When, and How; Part 1

Teacher Training Day 3
  • Session: Warm-ups and Seated Postures

  • Renee discusses why, when, and demonstrates how to make modifications and guide through cueing. Throughout, the intent of yoga is interwoven with mechanical application, which includes the use of supports and props.

  • Session: Group exercise

  • Small groups each design a warm-up sequence.

  • Session: Small group demonstrations

  • Demonstrate, cue, and talk about why, how, certain modifications were chosen.

  • Session: Partner yoga

  • Renee and Beth demonstrate how and why partnering can be beneficial. Class works in pairs on seated forward bends, Backbends, lateral bends, twists, strength and balance poses

  • Yoga & Health with Renee and Beth

  • More focus on breath work.

Day Four: Modifications - Why, When, and How; Part 2

Teacher Training Day 3
  • Morning Yoga Practice with Renee

  • Session: Standing and Mat Poses

  • Renee continues the discussion on why, when, and demonstrates how to make modifications and guide through cueing. Throughout, the intent of yoga is interwoven with mechanical application, which includes the use of supports and props.

  • Session: Group exercise

  • Groups each design a warm-up sequence.

  • Session: Small groups demonstrations

  • Demonstrate, cue, and talk about why, how, certain modifications were chosen.

  • Yoga & Health — Savasana

  • Beth offers research on the benefits, modifications and safety concerns of Savasana before leading a practice.

Day Five: Practicum


Groups each receive a different profile for a class of students. Morning work includes creating a sequence suitably modified for Parkinson's. Afternoon work centers around groups teaching the sequence.


Materials

Yoga for Movement Disorders Book Each participant receives a copy of Renée's book Yoga for Movement Disorders, as well as a research and resources packet.



For more information, contact teachertraining@limyoga.com