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New Yoga for Parkinson’s course to launch in Newcastle


A new yoga course specifically designed for people with Parkinson's in and around Newcastle will start from 2 October.

 The classes, to be weekly throughout October, are run by a qualified yoga teacher in conjunction with Parkinson's UK and aim to increase strength, flexibility, balance and wellbeing. 

The course, which costs £5 per session over four weeks, is designed as an introduction to yoga and to help people with Parkinson's overcome symptoms that can cause stiffness and rigidity. 

One in 500 people in UK have Parkinson's, a progressive neurological condition that can leave people struggling to walk, speak and sleep.

Samantha Coe, who will teach the classes, said: "Yoga has health benefits for everyone, but for people with Parkinson's it particularly helps increase flexibility, balance, while also giving greater strength, fewer muscle cramps, easier breathing and peace of mind.

"This course is an introduction to yoga – so it's ideal for someone who’s never tried it before, but is also a great workout for people who have. I run my sessions in a relaxed environment so everyone is welcome and I encourage all my students to bring a friend or carer along too."

The first Yoga for Parkinson's session will be held from 1pm until 2.30pm every Monday during October at the Gosford Civic Theatre on Regent Farm Road with access to Regent Park Metro and car park availability. To find out more, or to book a place, contact Vivienne Rogerson on 0300 123 3670 or [email protected].