Parkinson’s Movement Initiative
Free Weekly Movement Classes
All people living with Parkinson’s and PD care partners are invited to attend. See class Sign Up information below.
Winter Term – January 10-March 18
Dance – Monday, 10:30 -11:45 AM
Pilates – Monday, 2:00 – 3:15 PM
Pilates – Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:45 AM
Spring Term – March 19-May 27
Class times to be announced later.
*Scroll down for Free Weekly Movement Class Descriptions.
Speciality One Time Workshops
Music Therapy with Alie Chandler
March 11, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
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Yin Yoga with Meg Poe
April 26, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Click here to see pictures and comments from last Yin Yoga Workshop.
This 90 minute workshop is part of the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative and will include a bit of lecture and a lot of practice. Participants will learn and experience the benefits of Yin Yoga: greater flexibility, relaxation, increased energy, improved self awareness, and more.
Yin yoga is a slow practice that makes heavy use of props and blankets to assist in achieving a comfortable pose. All exercises are performed on the floor and poses will be held for several minutes each.
I have enjoyed teaching Yin Yoga for 3 years. It’s a different approach to exercising your body and mind. Instead of pushing and stressing the body, you relax into your muscles, wake up connective tissues and become more aware of physical sensations. Exercises are held for several minutes so you also become very aware of your busy thoughts and mind. – Meg
All exercises are performed on the floor. No experience is necessary. Let’s all learn together!
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Intro to Argentine Tango with Murielle Elizeon
May 20, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
More details to be added.
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If you are unable to sign up via computer, contact Julia Pleasants – 919-797-2871.
Volunteer Training & Refresher ~ Winter 2018
Are you interested in supporting your community? Become a Parkinson’s Movement Initiative Volunteer! We are looking for volunteers to support Dance and Pilates for Parkinson’s. Learn more here.
Free Weekly Movement Class Descriptions
Dance for Parkinson’s offered by NC Dance for Parkinson’s
Instructors: Susan Saenger & Lindsay Voorhees
Contact Information: [email protected] or 919-215-2759
Participants learn choreography in a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz and cultural/folk.Class includes movement seated, standing and locomoting with adaptations based on individual’s comfort level and mobility. Participants dance together, in partnership and solo. In addition to dance, related art forms such as theatre games, poetry, image-based mindfulness, and storytelling foster creative and expressive experiences. The class promotes as sense of community where isolation is broken and meaningful connections are formed through the joy of dance.
Pilates for Parkinson’s offered by Poe Wellness Solutions
Instructor: Meg Poe
Contact Information: [email protected] or 919-998-8538
We begin with a quick check-in ~ How are you feeling today? Any issues from last week’s class? What would you like to focus on today? Class consists of a warm-up focusing on alignment, exercises challenging strength and balance, and a cool down for stretching and relaxation. All exercises are explained and demonstrated with options for beginners as well as more advanced participants. Time is spent seated in a chair, standing with the wall, chair or bar for balance and on the floor. Each week we enjoy new ideas for improving strength, flexibility and balance. Participants are regularly reminded to explore their limits and to pay attention to their body. We also laugh a little. Class ends with a quick check-out ~ How are you feeling now? Any concerns? What worked well in class today?
Check out what people are saying about Pilates for Parkinson’s.
Sign Up for Class offered by ADF
Signing Up for each class in advance is not required but is recommended. Classes have a maximum number of participants. To “reserve your spot”, visit the ADF website and Sign Up.
NOTE: If you do not Sign Up for class and it is full when you arrive, you will not be able to participate. This is to honor the safety of all participants.
Click here for ADF Website & class Sign Up. Creating an account is required to Sign Up for class.
Signing Up is a wee bit confusing, contact Julia Pleasants at ADF if you would like assistance – 919-797-2871.
The American Dance Festival (ADF), NC Dance for Parkinson’s and Poe Wellness Solutions are excited to offer the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative supported by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Through funds raised by Moving Day® North Carolina, a walk for Parkinson’s, all activities offered by the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative are free for people living with PD and their care partners. Activities include free weekly classes at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios, workshops, outreach classes, and volunteer training opportunities.