Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by symptoms such as tremors which usually begins in hands and fingers, slowed movements, loss of automatic movement such as smiling and blinking, and speech impairment. The symptoms are due to the loss of neurons that produce the neurotransmitter Dopamine and reduced dopamine levels severely affect the ability to regulate ones movement, body and emotions. Parkinson’s itself is not a fatal disease; however complications arising from it are often serious. 

Modern medicine doesn’t have any cure for Parkinson’s disease yet; prescribed medications only help control symptoms. 

Asanas for disease reduction:

The Yogic techniques always start with the physical, in order to bring a state of homeostasis, which leads to symptom reduction. The following are a small selection of simple asanas that will begin the process of recovery from Parkinson’s disease.

1. Sarvangasana - Shoulder Stand

a. Lie flat on your back with the palms facing down.
b. Raise your legs & hips up, keeping the chin close to your chest.
c. Support your lower back with your palms, lift your back off the mat while keeping your knees and back straight.
d. Gaze at the point between the toes, breathing deeply through the chest. You may even close your eyes.
e. Remain here for 3-4 mins then relax your palms and come down gently. 

2. Paschimottanasana – Queen Pose


a) Sitting on your hips, stretch your knees and place your palms next to your hips.
b) Extend your arms and grab both the toes with your fingers and thumb.
c) Bend down from the pelvic region of the back, maintaining a concave back.
d) Relax your shoulders and try to get your forehead between the knees, if you can’t get the forehead completely down, gaze at the toes.
e) Gradually rest your elbows on the mat and stay in this pose for 2-3 minutes.
f) Inhale, raise the head from the knees and relax.

3. Uttanasana – Standing Forward Fold Pose


a. Stand straight, keeping the knees tight in Tadasana.
b. Exhale, bend forward without bending knees. Place the palms on the floor next to the feet.
c. Stretching the spine, try to get your head as close to the knees as possible. You may place your palms behind ankle.
d. Hold here for a few breaths.
e. Inhaling, come up and straighten your spine, standing straight in Tadasana.

Courtesy - AryaMarga Yoga