During the current coronavirus lockdown situation we have the following interim arrangement (see further below for information about Jean’s classes and his approach in normal times):
Adaptive (Chair) Yoga with Jean Itier, Mondays 6pm to 7pm via Skype
Even if you aren’t already a participant you can join the class – to do so, please email Jean email@example.com
He will then explain what to do next. If you aren’t familiar with Skype, don’t worry. It is straightforward – you first need to download the app from the website to your device and look for the name, Jean Itier. Once connected, Jean will explain how to set up your device camera and microphone for a glitch-free practice.
The usual contribution requested per session is £3 but the Branch is offering new participants a free trial for the duration of the lockdown. However, if you would like to, you can make a donation to the Branch via our JustGiving page.
Adaptive Yoga Under Normal Circumstances
ADDRESS: The Steading, 118-120 Biggar Road, Edinburgh, EH10 7DU
DATES AND TIMES: Weekly on a Monday from 18:00 – 19:00
CONTACT: Jean Itier Tel: 07985528839
The overall aim of the programme is to improve practitioners psychological well-being as well as having a positive effect on mobility problems experienced by people living with Parkinson’s.
Participants meet weekly (minimum 5 people and maximum 10) for about an hour to learn tools which they can take home and practice between classes. It is therefore a combination of class-led and home-based Yoga practice. In the classes, there is an opportunity to talk about experiences with the home practices, the obstacles that inevitably arise, and how to deal with them skilfully. Booking is essential for this class, and please note, there is a flight of stairs to the upper level in the conservatory.
In the programme participants learn:
- to become familiar with the workings of the mind.
- to deal with negative thinking and negative emotions.
- basic yoga sequences to improve joint mobility and strength.
- to use the breath to calm the mind and relax the body.
- to use therapeutic meditation to acknowledge one’s emotional state of mind.
- to use visualisations to deal with pain and/or discomfort.
The Adaptive Yoga Programme’s aim is to:
- improve one’s ability to manage negative thinking and negative emotions.
- lower blood-pressure.
- improve sleep.
- increase confidence and energy levels.
- improve posture and to reduce muscular pain.
- to strengthen weak muscles and to release tight ones.
- increase joint mobility.
- to give an overall sense of wellbeing and relaxation.
We ask participants with Parkinson’s or their care-partners to make a contribution of £3 to each class.