Teacher Training Certificate Program

June 5 – 7, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association and TriYoga Boston

Yoga for Parkinson’s Teacher Training

Learn how to create a safe and effective yoga practice to live better with Parkinson’s

  • Understand motor and non-motor symptoms.
  • Understand current treatments and management of symptoms.
  • Learn yoga’s benefits for Parkinson’s.
  • Gain familiarity with research that supports benefits of yoga.
  • Assess and match yoga practices to individual student needs.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of target areas for stretching, strengthening and and balance.
  • Create a safe and effective group yoga class for different levels of ability.
  • Ensure a safe environment for those with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.
  • Integrate yoga philosophy and the full scope of yoga practices to help clients reduce or manage symptoms, improve strength, flexibility, balance, breathing, coping, and mental outlook.

Who Should Attend

Yoga instructors and healthcare professionals, including: physical therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, recreation specialists, and personal trainers. Limited to 18 participants.

Program Cost: $390

Early Bird pricing before May 15 – $360

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Brahmi Gold-Bernstein, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Brahmi is Director TriYoga Boston, is a Senior TriYoga teacher and Teacher Trainer, certified Yoga Therapist, and Co-Director of the TriYoga Therapeutics Training Program at TriYoga Boston. Brahmi has over 44 years of experience with the healing power of yoga and helping others maximize their well-being and reduce suffering through yoga.

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Lorraine Jacobsohn, RN, MSN, PMHCNS- BC, APHN-BC, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Lorrie is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse and an advanced practice Certified Addiction Nurse at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She works on the Addiction Consult Team and in the Bridge Clinic. Lorrie is Co-Director of the TriYoga Therapeutics Training Program at TriYoga Boston. She blends her nursing background with yoga teaching and yoga therapy to provide an evidence-based, relationship-centered, holistic approach that empowers people to move towards their maximum potential and highest level of wellness.

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Cathi Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN

Cathi is the Nurse Coordinator of the APDA 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 neuro-rehabilitation, she has developed programs to assess the impact of Parkinson’s disease on patient and family and to assist them in coping with this condition.

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Tami Rork, DeAndelis, PT, DPT

Tami is a senior physical therapist at the Center for Neuro-rehabilitation, 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.

Day One: June 5, 10 am – 6 pm

  • Introductions
  • Why yoga is beneficial to those living with Parkinson’s; relevant research; kosas -the complete yoga model; what yoga has to offer above and beyond exercise; full scope of Yoga Practice  – Improving Quality of Life and Living better with Parkinson’s
  • Yoga for Parkinson’s Practice: Intro to parts of the yoga practice
  • Understanding Parkinson’s Disease with Cathi Thomas
  • Yoga for non-motor symptoms
  • Intro to 7-week program for those newly diagnosed: Yoga, Wellness and Parkinson’s
  • Community resources, wrap up and closing,

Day Two: June 6, 10 am – 6 pm

  • The Role of Exercise, Rehab and Physical Activity in Living Well with PD; Goals of Yoga Practice with Tami Rork DeAngelis
  • Safety considerations and class set up
  • Living Well with Parkinson’s Group Class

This is the last class of the series. Teacher trainees will observe the class and then have lunch with the participants to learn more about their experience. Lunch sponsored by the APDA

  •  Goals of Yoga Asana practice. Q&A with Tami Rork DeAngelis    
  •  Yoga and Balance
  • Increasing Flexibility – Specific Parkinson’s issues
  • Recap and closing

Day Three: June 7, 10 am – 6 pm

  • Yoga Practice: Increasing Strength Seated and Standing (Chair Assisted)
  • Parkinson’s Anxiety and Depression
  • Yoga Philosophy on Suffering – the Kleshas
  • Managing energy, improving mood, optimizing brain health 
  • Recap exercise – group creation of a class or specific portions of a class.
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Wrap up and closing

Program Cost: $390

Early Bird pricing before May 15 – $360

Register Now

Cancellation Policy

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