Become an informed active participant
in creating your best life.
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is different from a typical yoga class that most people are familiar with, where everyone receives a “one-size-fits-all” instruction. A yoga therapy session is most often working one-on-one, where a therapist works individually with a client to develop a personalized practice to address their needs.
Yoga therapy sessions may include the use of movement, postures, sound, breath, visualization and meditation and other healing modalities. Yoga therapy may also take place in a group class, where the participants share a common injury or illness, but because of the larger numbers of students, individual needs may not be met as directly as when working one-to-one with a therapist.
Whether in a private session or group class, working with the yoga therapist, individuals become informed, active participants in creating their best life.
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You don’t have to be sick to benefit from yoga therapy. A yoga therapist can help you with all kinds of tools for healthy aging and living, such as dealing with everyday aches and pains, stress management, sound sleeping and healthy lifestyle practices.
Yoga therapy is also very helpful to dealing with physical and mental conditions, such as chronic pain, arthritis, medical conditions complicated by stress - including heart conditions, insomnia, anxiety, low back pain, and hypertension - stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and MS. Yoga therapy can also provide support for illnesses such as cancer, as well as end-of-life transitions.
Yoga for People with Parkinson's Disease
I have had the great good fortune of using yoga to help address conditions related to Parkinson’s Disease since 2010. My Mom had Parkinson’s and I wanted to find a way to help her through yoga.
I found a class in Oakland taught by Vickie Russell Bell for PD Active and have assisted Vickie and learned from her from the beginning. I continue to do so today. In 2013, I started in my own class, BE WELL: Yoga for People with Parkinson’s Disease (see below), and it’s one of my favorite classes to teach.
In addition to my over ten year's experience teaching and assisting classes for people with PD, I have additional trainings and certifications through the American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA) and Parkinson Association of Northern California (PANC) - Parkinsonwise.
Teaching yoga to people with PD inspired me to pursue certification as a Yoga Therapist and continues to motivate me to find ways to offer classes that are physically satisfying (both active and restorative), meaningful and relevant to those that attend.
I currently teach yoga therapy to people with PD in small group and one-on-one settings in Oakland and Berkeley, CA.
Not sure where to start or curious about what yoga therapy can offer you?
This 30-minute session provides the opportunity to ask questions and get the personal guidance you need. This session can also be used as a more formal “intake” prior to a private yoga therapy session.
$35 for 30 minutes
PRIVATE YOGA THERAPY
Individual yoga therapy session based on your goals for healing and wellness.
Sessions may include physical exercises, postures, breath work, meditation, and philosophy.
$110 / 60-minute session
$140 / 75-minute session
$160 / 90-minute session
YOGA FOR PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Be Well: Yoga for People
with Parkinson's Disease
(Semi-Private Group Class)
A weekly live online group yoga class for people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This class is specifically designed to address common issues for people with PD and includes exercises and strategies to practice at home. Class size is limited to 10 students providing greater support through feedback and individual guidance.
Thursdays, from 2 pm - 3:15 pm
All classes are currently offered online,
via Zoom - contact me for details.
YOGA FOR PARKINSON'S TESTIMONIALS
I appreciate the welcoming and encouraging atmosphere. I enjoy being in a group of people with mixed abilities who are all encouraged and helped to do their best. Thank you for presenting this special version of yoga. I always leave with a sense of peace and accomplishment.
Suzanne is a wonderful teacher. She excels at integrating the spiritual, psychological and physical aspects of yoga, and cares tremendously about her students.
Classes with Suzanne are joyful, grounding. I learn things, I cherish the company of my sisters and brothers on the PD path, I feel love, I feel her caring and experience. I feel safe.
In all my years in academia I haven't met that many teachers who have been as dedicated to their teaching as Suzanne.