Kelowna, I’m bringing some Parkinson’s yoga and Time Out for Caregivers to you!

After spending 4 years in Kelowna completing my PhD, the Kelowna PD community is near and dear to my heart! Just ask about 70 of them about getting hooked up with an EMG machine and spending the day being monitored… I definitely couldn’t have done my PhD without them!

… that’s why I’m coming back to Kelowna and bringing some yoga with me. Friday November 15th and Sunday November 17th I’ll be running two yoga workshops specific to PD at Trinity Yoga Center (#6 – 3818 Gordon Drive).

Space is limited, so please register early by sending me an email (kaitlyn.p.roland@gmail.com) or calling me at 250.589.2046

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I’m also in town for a Parkinson Society BCTime Out for Caregivers!” Event on November 16th from 1-4pm… so care partners, come join me for discussions on self-care and resilience!

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… can’t wait Kelowna! much love.

a yoga/wellness retreat for parkinson’s

This past week I attended “A Wellness Retreat for People Living with Parkinson’s and Their Care Partners“. This retreat was sponsored by the National Parkinson Foundation and hosted by Kripalu, health living program.

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We attended sessions on integrating yoga and meditative practices into your life.

DSC_0312We learned about disease/symptom management, exercise, communication and care planning.

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We practiced yoga together.

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We learned how to integrate some of this knowledge and make sustainable transformation in our lives.

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And we spent as much time as we could exploring the Berkshires (which was very limited by the rain all week!).

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I was so excited to be back and assisting the faculty, thank you to Kripalu and especially NPF for making this happen for me! If you want more information, check out this link or contact NPF. much love.

p.s. read about my Kripalu experiences last year, in Living Your Yoga with Parkinson’s disease!

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inspiration

my second Yoga for Parkinson’s session is coming to a close, and am I ever going to miss those ladies! I’ve had such a wonderful time with them, watching them move with more grace, balance, and awareness as the weeks went on- so inspiring.

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some things that have stuck with me along the way…

  1. for some, there is a greater struggle between effort and ease. People with Parkinson’s who are rigid, masked, tremor, or dyskinetic spend so much time in “effort”, not willingly but because of the disease. So to see even the slightest bit of ease (i.e. jaw, forehead) and relaxation (i.e. relax shoulders down back) is truly amazing … a little savasana goes a long way (and this goes for everyone)!
  2. sometimes it doesn’t matter what you are doing (i.e., asana, work, etc.), but who you are doing it with (i.e., community, “sangha”). maybe the best thing you get out of your yoga practice is to connect with others who are walking the same path as you, whatever your path is i.e. yoga, Parkinson’s, parenthood, loss etc.
  3. gracefulness (in every sense of the word) happens when you least expect it, so let go of any expectations and be fully present in to the moment!
  4. it’s all yoga, baby! no matter whether you’re trying to hold warrior I, climb a stair, or stay focused on a difficult task at hand. By being mindful and approaching it with breath and awareness means it’s all yoga to me!

so even though this chapter is over for now, there’s always new opportunities… like being involved in Kripalu’s A Wellness Retreat for People with Parkinson’s and Their Care Partners. I think this will be a source of support and strength for so many people with Parkinson’s, and am so grateful to be able to volunteer and support the staff and facility offering this in June! http://kripalu.org/healthy_living/806/

“My experience at the Kripalu Retreat was life-altering. I was newly diagnosed with PD and had many questions. During the week, I learned everything I needed to know, from the importance of exercise to the benefits of medication to helpful advice on lifestyle adjustments to information on current research and studies…Mainly, it was wonderful to spend the week with my two daughters and for the three of us to be a part of a positive, healing community in such a beautiful setting. Since my return, I practice daily some aspect of the newly gained knowledge and advice. Thanks to Kripalu and the National Parkinson Foundation staff for being so accessible to us and providing this opportunity. It was GREAT!”
—Emily S.

much love to everyone walking your own path.