Free online exercise and therapy

Free online exercise and therapy options

There are many free online options for specialized exercise, movement and supportive therapy classes for people living with PD.  Here are a few of our favorites:

  • APDA’s Greater St. Louis Chapter Exercise Classes
    • Archived classes that feature tai chi, yoga, interval training, kickboxing, chair exercises and more.
    • New exercise classes are posted every Monday-Thursday at 1:00pm CDT; Friday at 10am and 11am CDT; plus Tuesday Yoga and Meditation
    • Livestream class schedule:
      • Monday: Movement Training – Level 1 (1:15 PM CDT)
      • Tuesday: Interval Training – Level 2 (10:00 AM CDT)
      • Wednesday: Tai Chi – Level 2 (10:00 AM) and Cardio + Strength – Level 2 (11:30 AM CDT)
      • Thursday: No exercise classes broadcast
      • Friday: Tai Chi – Level 1 (11:30 AM CDT)
  •  Dance for PD
    • Specialized dance classes hosted by the renowned Mark Morris Dance Group
    • Archived classes available
    • Also host Sing for PD classes as well
    • Check out the schedule and links for the live online classes
  • Moving for Better Balance (via The Jamestown, New York YMCA) 
    • Two short instructional online videos demonstrating Moving for Better Balance, a fall prevention program (Part I and Part II )
  • Virtual Tai Chi Classes (via APDA Massachusetts Chapter)
    • Jane Arsham, founder and principal instructor of Moving Easy will deliver virtual tai chi classes remotely on a weekly basis until it is safe for the community to gather in person. There is time built into each session for the students to connect and share. These free online classes are open to all no matter where you live.
    • Mondays, 1:00 -2:00 PM:  Starting Monday March 30, 2020
    • Wednesdays, 11:30 – 12-30 PM: Starting April 1, 2020
    • To Register:  Contact Jane Arsham at 339-707-0277 or taichi.janea@gmail.com
  • Let’s Keep Moving with APDA
  • Joy of Movement (via APDA St. Louis Chapter)
    • Dance classes for people with PD and their care partners, addressing flexibility, balance, endurance, functional movement and self-expression through dance and dance exercises, and most importantly, the joy of moving together to great music! Weekly hour-long video classes now available on YouTube. These video dance classes are performed seated in a chair or standing supported by a chair (as able); all activities may be done solo or with a partner.
    • Weekly on Facebook, Instagram and website
  • Yoga for PD: Standing Steady and Strong
    • FREE 4-week series: May 14 , May 21, May 28, June 4
    • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CT
    • Using a chair and the wall for support we will explore how breath patterns, elongation of the spine and using the core for sounding and movement contribute to a steady inner landscape. Challenge balance, strength and your center with conscious use of supports and your own inner awareness. Instructed by Iris Mickey, Certified Yoga Therapist with Yoga Accessible for All.
  • IMPROVment (via APDA St. Louis Chapter)
    • A new type of movement class that is fun and challenging. It is improvised movement —  a process of spontaneous movement that is thought of and executed on the spot with “no right or wrong.” Research suggests that participation in improvised movement classes can lead to improved everyday functioning in several areas, such as social participation, movement quality, and self-confidence.
    • Email aweaver@apdaparkinson.org for more info.
    • New session every Monday on Facebook, Instagram and website
  • Sing Loud for PD
    • A chorus for people living with PD and their care partners. Classes are offered live via Zoom, and you may join for one or all four sessions. Classes are free, registration is limited.
    • Wednesdays at 3:30pm ET (May 6, 13, 20, 27)
    • No previous musical experience is required and all lyrics will be provided!
    • Offered in collaboration with APDA, Guild Hall and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Center for Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Parkinson Voice Project
    • An effective program that combines education, individual speech therapy (SPEAK OUT!), and ongoing group sessions (The LOUD Crowd).
    • SPEAK OUT! home practice videos available online
  • Tremble Clefs (via APDA St. Louis Chapter)
    • Classes address the vocal and respiratory issues that come as a result of  PD (for example: a decrease in vocal volume, inefficient breath support,  loss of  vocal  color-monotone voice)
    • Can help improve posture, balance, and mobility through movement to music
    • Weekly on Facebook, Instagram and website