Success Stories: YogaReach Empowers and Inspires
Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania
Thank you! Yoga is a great exercise for People with Parkinson's. Having instructors like you make people want to keep doing it. We appreciate all you do for us and the PD community.
Jenn Stratakis shared.........Earlier this year, I was invited to complete an online YogaReach training, in conjunction with my teaching a weekly Zoom class for the Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania. Char Grossman has put together a wonderful therapeutic yoga/mindful movement program for people with PD. The training took my understanding of how PD effects my students up about 5 levels! During the summer, I was even able to see a YogaReach class in action in the Cleveland area and meet Char and other amazing YR teachers, Faith and Janet.
Yoga is for every body. Its benefits for people with PD are huge! Thank you, Char, for YogaReach!
After my diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, I felt a deep sense of despair and loss of interest in most of my daily activities. I'm not the first person in my family with PD and thought I knew what the road ahead would hold for me. Even though I did not attend class with an open mind or spirit, by the end of the hour, I knew my future would have a quality of life I didn't think possible. Char was so welcoming to me and set a tone in the class that was full of calmness and peace. The class provided practical exercises to help specific challenges for PD patients at a pace all participants felt comfortable executing. I enjoy the classes and look forward to those days with a renewed sense of hope and a more positive attitude about the future.
Our inner growth from practicing mindfulness helps us to outwardly promote positive social change. Gratitude to Char Grossman of YogaReach for her work strengthening abilities, and sharing the practice of yoga to empower those who are managing the effects of Parkinson's disease.
Beryl Bender Birch has been my Mentor since 1994.
As a person with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and a yoga instructor, I found Char's YogaReach Mindful Movement for PD Professional Workshop is truly beneficial to anyone who has contact with those who have PD, and for those of us with the condition. I learned strategies to challenge my brain and body (and those I teach) in ways I had not known before. I have long believed in the power of yoga to help my symptoms because I see it in myself. Char took it to a new level, and the strategies we learned will keep me strong in mind and body for years to come. It was an amazing weekend in other ways as well. Everyone was so open about themselves. I left feeling I had made some lifetime friends in a matter of days! I am forever touched by my experience with YogaReach. Thanks for your commitment to the PD community!
Debbie F. , New Jersey