Yoga and Parkinson’s Disease

Yoga and Parkinson's Disease by Peggy van HulsteynYoga and Parkinson’s Disease
A Journey to Health and Healing
Peggy van Hulsteyn with Barbara Gage and Connie Fisher

With a Foreword by Dr. Scott J. Sherman MD, PhD
APDA Medical Director, University of Arizona

Price: $21.95
eISBN 9781936303502
Demos Health Publishers (


Yoga is one of the most beneficial complementary therapies for Parkinson’s disease (PD), helping to increase flexibility, correct posture, loosen tight, painful muscles, build confidence, and in general, enhance the quality of life. Peggy van Hulsteyn has experienced these benefits first-hand as a yoga practitioner for over four decades who was diagnosed with PD twelve years ago. In Yoga and Parkinson’s Disease, written with two certified yoga teachers, van Hulsteyn provides an accessible, easy-to-follow, and encouraging guide for bringing the benefits of yoga into your life, even if you’ve never done yoga before.

Yoga and Parkinson’s Disease includes:

  • Practical information about clothing, mats, preparing a space, and equipment
  • Step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow photographs
  • Seated and assisted postures for those with limited mobility or unsteadiness
  • Postures that can be done in bed to help you start your day
  • Variations to ensure comfort and safety
  • Tips for making yoga practice easy, approachable, and sustainable

And much more.

Praise for Yoga and Parkinson’s Disease

“In this kind and instructive book, Peggy van Hulsteyn shares her struggles with Parkinson’s disease and how the practice of yoga has eased her path. With compassion, humor, and a hard fought perspective, she has written an inspiring book and seeks to provide a practical guide to others in coping with Parkinson’s disease.”—Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)

“A must-read for the recently diagnosed or people at any stage of Parkinson’s disease.  Her practical tips and well-explained poses will help anyone with Parkinson’s explore ways to live as fully as possible. Van Hulsteyn guides the reader living with the disease to view yoga as a healing practice that will increase flexibility and mobility.”—Joyce Oberdorf, president and CEO, National Parkinson Foundation

“I am inspired and enthused by van Hulsteyn’s ebullient wit, humor, and positive spirit. Yoga and Parkinson’s Disease is one of those much needed books that empowers, motivates, and educates people dealing with Parkinson’s disease.”—Karl Robb, author of A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease

“Inspiring and motivating…a non-threatening and very practical guide to starting a yoga practice. In wonderfully witty and humorous prose, van Hulsteyn shares her story of living with Parkinson’s disease and succinctly summarizes the value of exercise, particularly yoga, for dealing with the many symptoms of this disease.”—Cynthia Marie Fox, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, co-founder and vice president of operations of LSVT Global, Inc.

About the Author

Peggy van HulsteynPeggy van Hulsteyn is an accomplished author and speaker who has practiced yoga for over four decades. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 12 years ago and since then has channeled her skills in writing and promotion toward the cause of bringing greater awareness to PD. Her cover article for Yoga Journal describing how yoga can benefit people with PD received national attention, and she writes and speaks for the Arizona chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association regularly. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband David and their two cats.

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