Grand Rapids Area Classes


Adaptive Yoga for People with Parkinson’s

People with PD have been shown to respond favorably to the practice of Yoga.  While Yoga cannot reverse PD, it can ease symptoms by decreasing rigidity, improving balance, increasing range of motion as well as core strength.  Yoga also will decrease stress and bring calm to a busy mind, allowing for deeper relaxation.  This class is suitable for people with PD as well as their caregivers.

Katherine Florentine, ERYT500, has been practicing & teaching yoga for over 20 years.  She studies therapeutic applications of Yoga with internationally recognized teachers.  She offers classes and workshops nationally and in Australia.

Where:

Cascade Yoga Studio
5060 Cascade Rd, SE, Suite G, Grand Rapids, MI  49546
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When:

The class meets EVERY MONDAY, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm.
Mondays (beginning May 6) from 1-2 pm EST.

Additional Information:

Please reach out to Katherine at (direct) 616-481-3091, (studio) 616-464-1610, or [email protected]
Suggested donation: $5.00


Ballroom Dance Class:  Dancing with Parkinson’s Disease

Mary Free Bed Adaptive Sports Program is offering a Ballroom Dance class.  This dance class will provide fun and enjoyable exercise routines to calm and relax the symptoms of PD.  This class is suitable for all age groups, and for people with neurological and/or physical disabilities.  A dance partner is encouraged but not mandatory.  NOTE: PROGRAM NOT YET FINALIZED. Contact Jo Garber at 941-587-9420 for the most current and up to date information related to this program.

Where:

Mary Free Bed YMCA
5500 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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Main Phone Number: (616) 285-9077

When:

The classes meet EVERY TUESDAY.  Times have not been finalized at this time.

Additional Information:

Contact Jo Garber at 941-587-9420 for the most current and up to date information related to this program.


Exercise & Recreation Class

Helps achieve and maintain the highest level of physical functioning. The instructor is Judy Overmyer, the primary Physical Therapist at the Hauenstein Center of Mercy Health – St. Mary’s Campus.  The class provides enjoyable exercise tailored to assist people with Parkinson’s improve balance, strength and motor functions.  You may participate alone or bring a partner.

Where:

Mercy Health – St. Mary’s, The Hauenstein Center
310 Lafayette Ave SE  Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Room Location: 305 Wege Center, Cardiopulmonary Rehab Room.
There is FREE covered parking in the garage behind the building.

When:

Class is offered EVERY WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm.

Additional Information:

Because of the high level of activity, a doctor’s written approval is required.  The cost is $3.00 per session (arrangements available if unable to pay). First visit is free.  For any additional questions, please contact the National Parkinson’s Foundation West Michigan office.


Grand Rapids Ballet School: Dancing with Parkinson’s Disease

This 45 minute movement class is designed to increase the flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination of persons with Parkinson’s Disease. The class progresses from seated exercises to standing exercises at a bar to movements across the floor, all to live piano accompaniment. Spouses, caretakers, and friends are all encouraged to participate!

Where:

Grand Rapids Ballet
Meijer-Royce Center for Dance
341 Ellsworth Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI  49503
Google Map Link

When:

The classes meet EVERY TUESDAY, from 12:00 pm until 12:45 pm.

Additional Information:

Please reach out to Attila Mosolygo at [email protected].
The Grand Rapids Ballet Main Office Phone is: 616-454-4771, x17..


Metro Health exercise class for Parkinson’s patients

Where:

Metro Health Conference Center
2225 Byron Center Avenue, SW, Wyoming, MI  49519
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When:

The classes meet EVERY TUESDAY, from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm (noon).

Additional Information:

The class is FREE but you must register by calling 616-252-7199.


Power Up Exercise Class

This class is led by Cathy Harro, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program, Grand Valley State University.

Where:

GVSU Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
301 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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When:

The class meets EVERY MONDAY during the school year from 4:30 pm until 5:45 pm.

Additional Information:

There is an approval process: Contact Cathy at 616-331-5974 and she will follow up with you with an evaluation/screening appointment as well as describing the level of activity.  There is no charge and both men and women may participate. A doctor’s approval is required..


Tai Chi

Tai chi, a balance-based exercise, is one non-pharmaceutical therapy which has been studied in patients with Parkinson’s disease. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that Tai Chi may improve balance and prevent falls among people with Parkinson’s disease.

The class is for beginners and is $40 for 10 weeks.

Where:

Grand Valley Health Plan
East Leonard Medical Complex
2680 Leonard St NE  Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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When:

Classes meet every Monday, from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Additional Information:

For more information contact Ruth Kizer 616-866-4256 or Brenda Schroeder 616-866-1205 or 616-450-8944 or [email protected].
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