Yoga and Parkinson’s

Teacher Training Certificate Program

April 21-25, 2017

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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

Yoga therapists, yoga teachers, health care professionals, and those living with Parkinsons: this program is designed for you. Discover how yoga can help reduce or manage Parkinsons symptoms and improve strength, flexibility, balance, breathing, coping, mental outlook, and overall health and well-being.

One Day

The first day is designed for those living with Parkinson’s, their health care providers, yoga teachers, and yoga therapists. Learn the benefits of Yoga for PD and hear from a panel who use yoga to help manage their symptoms. The first day includes a nutritious lunch.

Cost: $135/$120 before February 18

Two Days

Come for the weekend and learn the specific areas to target with asana practice, the benefits and specific yoga practices for anxiety & depression. 

Cost: $240* / $220 before February 18

Five Days

The five-day program is a certificate program for yoga therapists and teachers.  Attendees will gain a deep understanding of the challenges Parkinson’s presents and how yoga practices can improve overall health and well-being. You will work through case studies and learn how to design a safe and effective practice. 

Cost: $595/$570 before February 18

*Cost does not include lodging or meals


Gain in-depth knowledge into the benefits of yoga specific to Parkinson’s Disease including yoga postures (asanas), breath work (pranayama), meditation, yoga nidra, mantra, chanting, setting intention an intention (Sankalpa), and positive affirmations.

  • Understand the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, the progression of the disease over time, the terminology that describes various symptoms such as bradykinesia and freezing, and the effect of this chronic disease on the body, mind and spirit.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of target areas for stretching, strengthening and balance as well as strategies for managing rigidity, freezing, tremor and minimizing fall risk.
  • Gain familiarity with research that supports the benefits yoga for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Demonstrate ability to create safe therapeutic group classes and individual yoga therapy.
  • Demonstrate ability to ensure safety before, during and after class or a yoga therapy session using a safety check list.
  • Integrate yoga philosophy and the full scope of yoga practices to help clients reduce or manage symptoms and improve strength, flexibility, balance, breathing, coping, mental outlook, and overall health and well-being.

 Measures for Certification

  • Students will be assessed through skills based exercises that include teaching and demonstration segments. Using role-playing and case studies, trainees will perform assessment
    s and design a safe an appropriate practice based on their client’s individual needs.
  • Participants complete a written exam on Day Five demonstrating their understanding of Parkinson’s 

Who Should Attend
Yoga therapists, instructors, health care professionals, , including: physical therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, recreation specialists and personal trainers. Not to exceed 25 participants.

Tamara Rork DeAngelis, PT, DPT, GCS

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 Boston University.

Beth (Brahmi) Gold-Bernstein, E-RYT500

Brahmi is Director TriYoga Boston, a non-profit that shares the transformative and therapeutic benefits of TriYoga. Brahmi has been practicing yoga since 1976, TriYoga since 1993, and is a Senior TriYoga teacher, and Teacher Trainer.

Lorrie Jacobsohn, RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC

Lorrie is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse in the Massachusetts General Hospital Emergency Department and Co-Director of the Yoga Therapy Training Program at TriYoga Boston. She has expertise in crisis intervention, trauma, psychiatric and mental health issues.

Cathi Thomas, MS, RN, CNRN

Cathi is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology, the Program Director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC), and Coordinator of the American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center at BUMC. She has developed programs to assess the impact of Parkinson’s disease on a patient and family and provide education to assist in coping with this condition.

 Panel: Yoga practitioners living with Parkinson’s

A Scholarship is available from the APDA.  Please contact Cathi Thomas if you are interested in the scholarship.


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Day5 image Optional:  Pre-order Renee LeVerier’s book Yoga for Movement Disorders $19