Virtual Groups and Online Exercise Resources

There are many excellent resources online that can help you maintain an active and varied exercise regimen and connect with PD communities locally and around the U.S.

Below is a list of links to programs that offer live-streams and/or archived videos.

Support Groups

Virtual Support Group
(Formerly
Albany/Berkeley/Oakland Support Group)

Thursdays from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Description: 60 minute meeting to generate community and positive interactions. Facilitated by Roslyn Kleinsinger, LCSW. Open to anyone with PD.
Pre-register for this free meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Yvduqrrz8uXWsUoeNTgnsOmH1QK4NfNg
You may need to download the free Zoom application so please try to sign in ahead of time. Zoom may ask you to register for the meeting, but registration is free. You will receive a confirmation email. Please allot yourself extra time to register and sign-in for the meeting. If you have any questions or technical difficulties, email programs@pdactive.org.

Virtual Mild/Moderate Care Partners Support Group

April Meeting on Wednesday, 4/8 from 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
Description: A new Care Partners Support group formed to address the needs of those partners who are caring for someone with mild to moderate symptoms.
Facilitated by Roslyn Kleinsinger, LCSW. All care partners are welcome.
Pre-registration will be required.  Meeting details will be provided soon.

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PD Active is not responsible for the content provided by third party websites. Please keep in mind that you should always listen to your body and be careful – do only what feels manageable and good.

Boxing

Albany RSB (Rock Steady Boxing) Online via Zoom

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 am-11:30 am
Description: Rock Steady Boxing is the first program in the country dedicated to using boxing to condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork, and overall strength to defend against the opponent — Parkinson’s. Coach Daniel Burkhardt teaches exercises varying in purpose and form that share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the capabilities of the participant.
Fee-based class. Current active Albany RSB fighters receive email invite for each class. New fighters welcome.    Email: Coachdaniel@rocksteadyboxinggba.com or call (925) 471-5432.

Dance

Dance for PD®

Thursday from 10:30 am-11:45 am
Classes combine elements of modern dance, ballet, social dancing & improvisation to create an enjoyable, stimulating non-pressured artistic experience. Presented in association with the Mark Morris Dance Group. Open to all; no dance experience is necessary. Classes via Zoom.
Please email info@danspace.com to register and receive meeting ID.
Make sure to download Zoom in advance so you’ll be ready for class on time.

Dance for PD®– Mark Morris Dance Group

(with local programs in the East Bay) has free daily live-stream ZOOM classes from Brooklyn as well as a large archive of free class videos.
https://danceforparkinsons.org/resources/dance-at-home

Dance Moves Me! For Parkinson’s

(located in the East Bay) has a series of dance-based-training videos:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4B5fuJVIAKcg0cbT207nAA/videos

Neurofit BC

Neurofit BC has posted a series of six videos which were done in partnership with the Parkinson’s Society of BC:
https://youtu.be/TCIUh9KshDs

Neurofit BC also has an archive of videos:
https://www.neurofitbc.com/move

PWR!Moves

PWR!Moves®

Mondays from 9:30 am-10:30 am
Description: PWR!Moves is a neuroplasticity based aerobic exercise developed for people affected by PD. This class starts with a gentle mindful movement warm-up, peaks with a 30-min aerobic section that will elevate your heart rate, challenge your brain, and inspire you to move bigger. We wind down on the mat with some core work and stretching and end with relaxation to allow the body to absorb all the benefits of the practice.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/738730521
Meeting ID: 738 730 521
Your first class is free. If you decide to take more classes, here are your payment options:
1. Paypal $10 to fibrichova@gmail.com and include date of class
2. Venmo $10 to Petra Fibrichova and include date of class
3. Mail me a check – contact Petra Fibrichova at fibrichova@gmail.com for details
4. If you purchased a 10-pack of classes before with me, I can subtract the money from your unused funds.
5. If you need financial assistance, please contact me directly at fibrichova@gmail.com. Contact (510) 520 4523 or fibrichova@gmail.com if you have any trouble logging in.

PWR!Moves®

Tuesdays from 11 am-12 pm
Description: PWR!Moves is a neuroplasticity based aerobic exercise developed for people affected by PD. This class starts with a gentle mindful movement warm-up, peaks with a 30-min aerobic section that will elevate your heart rate, challenge your brain, and inspire you to move bigger. We wind down on the mat with some core work and stretching and end with relaxation to allow the body to absorb all the benefits of the practice.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/464885741
Meeting ID: 464 885 741
Your first class is free. If you decide to take more classes, here are your payment options:
1. Paypal $10 to fibrichova@gmail.com and include date of class
2. Venmo $10 to Petra Fibrichova and include date of class
3. Mail me a check – contact Petra Fibrichova at fibrichova@gmail.com for details
4. If you purchased a 10-pack of classes before with me, I can subtract the money from your unused funds.
5. If you need financial assistance, please contact me directly at fibrichova@gmail.com. Contact (510) 520 4523 or fibrichova@gmail.com if you have any trouble logging in.

PWR!Moves II– ABC Program

Fridays from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm
Description: A vigorous aerobic workout based on PWR!Moves taught by Petra Fibrichova with elements of strength training. Please have 3lb weights or use cans or soup cartons instead.
($10 payment via PayPal to fibrichova@gmail.com) At the scheduled time, you can click on this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJwpd-uspj0p3P9I6CUyJeZilIzfChpqAQ
Once you are registered on Zoom, you can check in for class with Meeting ID: 584-024-863. You may need to download the free Zoom application so please try to sign in ahead of time. Zoom may ask you to register for the meeting, but registration is free. You will receive a confirmation email. Please allot yourself extra time to register and sign-in for the meeting. If you have any questions or technical difficulties, email programs@pdactive.org.

Private Zoom Sessions with Petra

Petra currently offers private Zoom sessions that combine her expertise as a certified Yoga Therapist, PWR!Moves instructor, and Corrective Exercise Specialist. Contact her at fibrichova@gmail.com to book a session or for questions.

Rogue Physical Therapy and Wellness is producing a series of free PWR!-based videos:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ClaireMcLeanPT/videos

15-min Standing PWR!Moves by Petra Fibrichova
https://youtu.be/RxXVpwCLhGI

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Parkinson’s- ABC Program

Fridays from 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
Description: This class taught by Otto Dittmer, is a mind-body, low-impact movement practice that has been shown to reduce balance impairments in people with Parkinson’s with additional benefits of improved functional capacity and reduced falls. Research shows that Tai Chi has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves, muscles, immune system, and the mind.
($10 payment via PayPal to ordwellness@gmail.com) At the scheduled time, you can click on this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upEkceqgqD0jlnU03H-n_1JSlmYwXpC2lw
Once you are registered on Zoom, you can check in for class with Meeting ID: 759-638-669. You may need to download the free Zoom application so please try to sign in ahead of time. Zoom may ask you to register for the meeting, but registration is free. You will receive a confirmation email. Please allot yourself extra time to register and sign-in for the meeting. If you have any questions or technical difficulties, email programs@pdactive.org.

Voice

Be Heard! Discussion Group

Tuesdays from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Description: Classes are online right now for safety reasons – please email ktwarren@gmail.com to be added to the Zoom meeting! Groups begin with conversation warmups led by KT Warren and Ed Silberman, followed by each student telling personal stories on a common theme (for example, you might be asked to tell of a job you held, a place you traveled, or someone important to you). Speakers will be coached by KT for volume, speech clarity, and vocal color. You’ll practice real conversational skills, in community. Put your Be Heard! knowledge to work and build your community in conversation!

Be Heard! Voice for Parkinson’s– ABC Program

Fridays from 1:00 pm-1:45 pm
Description: This class taught by KT Warren, is like a vocal yoga class. Using a blend of vocal and physical exercises based in theater work, qi gong, yoga and music, Be Heard! weaves a meditative flow to encourage participants to be fully present. Participants energize their voice and develop real-world tools that can be brought outside the classroom, benefiting everyday life and finding joy along the way. with KT Warren ($10 payment via PayPal to ktwarren@gmail.com) At the scheduled time, you can click on this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJMud-mhqDso943hc5dABd7NA3-SaggVJQ
Once you are registered on Zoom, you can check in for class with Meeting ID: 173-009-602. You may need to download the free Zoom application so please try to sign in ahead of time. Zoom may ask you to register for the meeting, but registration is free. You will receive a confirmation email. Please allot yourself extra time to register and sign-in for the meeting. If you have any questions or technical difficulties, email programs@pdactive.org.

Sing for PD from Dance for PD at Home

Philip Hamilton (Sing for PD Lead Teacher and Dance for PD Musician) is a Bessie award-winning vocalist/composer with over 25 years of experience as a teacher, touring musician and producer. Called “contemporary and cutting edge” by the New York Times, Hamilton is the creator of VOICES, the hit acapella music show that features vocalists and vocals styles from around the world. Click to enjoy Philip’s Class and to download the lyrics.

Yoga

Be Well: Yoga Therapy for People with Parkinson’s

Thursdays from 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Description: Instructor Suzanne Drolet focuses on increasing strength, flexibility, breathing, focus and balance for students with PD. Join Live Stream Zoom Yoga Therapy for PD with Suzanne Drolet. Sign in at 1:45 p.m. $14/class (in advance)
https://zoom.us/j/492658732
Meeting ID: 492 658 732
Password: 522154
Payment Options:
1.
If you already have a class pass, Suzanne will deduct it from your account.
2. $14 through PayPal to paypal.me/SuzanneDrolet – please include the date of the class in the Memo.
3. $14 through Venmo to www.venmo.com/Suzanne-Drolet – please include the date of the class in the Memo.
4. Pay via check – contact Suzanne directly at life_love_yoga@comcast.net for mailing information.
Email life_love_yoga@comcast.net or call 510-846-8814.

PD Chair Class (Yoga and PWR!Moves)

Tuesday 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Description: This class taught by Petra Fibrichova includes seated yoga practices as well elements of the Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery program (https://www.pwr4life.org), a functional research-based exercise developed for people affected by Parkinson’s. We work on increasing range of motion, strengthening weak muscle groups, releasing tension, and improving posture. Participants learn tools for management of mood, energy, and pain such as breathing exercises, mindfulness, and relaxation.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/509051446
Meeting ID: 509 051 446
Your first class is free. If you decide to take more classes, here are your payment options:
1. Paypal $10 to fibrichova@gmail.com and include date of class
2. Venmo $10 to Petra Fibrichova and include date of class
3. Mail me a check – contact Petra Fibrichova at fibrichova@gmail.com for details
4. If you purchased a 10-pack of classes before with me, I can subtract the money from your unused funds.
5. If you need financial assistance, please contact me directly at fibrichova@gmail.com. Contact (510) 520-4523 or fibrichova@gmail.com if you have any trouble logging in.

Yoga for PD

Wednesdays from 1:00 pm-2:15 pm
Description: Yoga with Vickie Russell Bell adapted for the needs of the people with PD. Emphasizes breathing and movement fluidity. Balance and relaxation exercises. Open to anyone with PD.
Online Yoga for PD using Zoom. Email Vickie if you want to be invited to join: yogavickie@gmail.com. Then 15 minutes before the class Vickie will email you the Zoom link.

Private and Semi-Private Yoga Therapy for PD

Suzanne Drolet (the instructor for Be Well: Yoga for People with PD) has been working with people with PD for over 10 years and her Mom had Parkinson’s, too. She offers private and shared yoga therapy instruction, currently through live stream video sessions on Zoom. Please contact yoga therapist Suzanne Drolet at life_love_yoga@comcast.net. Sessions are $100/hour. $35 consultation fee is waived with a package of three sessions.

18 min standing yoga practice by Petra Fibrichova
https://youtu.be/cVVd2nDLlmg

5-min seated warm-up by Petra Fibrichova
https://youtu.be/VpU5gFMmf80

Yoga Video Chanel
These short videos by PD Yoga Teacher, Suzanne Drolet, may be helpful and appropriate for people with Parkinson’s Disease. They can be practiced alone or you can choose what interests you and put them together for a longer sequence. Please watch all the way through and decide for yourself which ones would be best for you given how you feel that day, the props you have. You may want to have additional support from your caregiver to assist you.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUa0e8pflm1NFXMaccvW7Zm3Un65a6lrS

Additional Resources

The Brian Grant Foundation has a wide range of exercise videos for people with Parkinson’s:
https://briangrant.org/exercise-videos/

The Parkinson’s Fitness Project runs The Daily Dose, which has live stream exercise videos several times each week. They offer a 30 day free trial with a huge library of video classes, including PD-Yoga, Tai Chi, PWR! and Boxing videos:
https://theparkinsonsfitnessproject.com/the-daily-dose/

Here are a few more resources, by Master PD Instructor John Argue, that the PD Active community can access on-line.  John continues to be a mentor to many of us who work in the PD community:

  • This is the link rent or purchase the on-line version of John Argue’s book Parkinson’s Disease & The Art of Moving: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pdmove
    You can also watch the video and exercise along with it.
  • This is the link to purchase the book that accompanies the video : Parkinson’s Disease The Art of Moving https://www.amazon.com/author/johnargue
  • This is the link to purchase and watch, on- line, John Argue’s Parkinson’s Disease and Activities of Daily Living (ADL) https://vimeo.com/ondemand/adl