We are seeking volunteers to participate in a research study examining the effects of YOGA compared to conventional exercise in Parkinson’s disease.
Total time commitment is 24 classes over 12 weeks (classes will be twice a week for 60 minute sessions), and two clinic visits.
The study will involve gentle Iyengar-style yoga or conventional resistance exercise, questionnaires, telephone follow-up evaluations, and neurological examinations.
Yoga/resistance classes will take place at Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital (250 E. Superior St., Chicago, Illinois) and Northwestern Lake Forest Fitness Center (1200 North Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest, Illinois), and clinic visits will be held at Northwestern’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic (675 N. St. Clair St., Suite 20-100, Chicago, Illinois).
Parking vouchers will be provided for all study visits.
Criteria to Participate
Patients with Parkinson's Disease AND
- At least 50 years old
- No changes in PD medications for 30 days before screening
- Ability to walk for two minutes on or off medications
- Ability to get up and down from the floor independently
- Have not practiced yoga more than 90 days prior to screening and not concurrently involved in a physical therapy or exercise program
Learn More Or Participate
If you are interested in learning more about about this study or participating, please call or email:
C. Danielle Tan
Newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and not yet treated? Please complete the Northwestern Medicine Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center online appointment form to discuss next steps.
Feinberg is not a site of care. PDMDC faculty see patients through our affiliated clinic.