New Bedford yogis will use yoga to help people with Parkinson’s disease

There are a few things you might not know: April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and New Bedford is home to SANGHA, a vibrant yoga community that is launching a special program for people with Parkinson’s in early stage.

The program begins on Friday, April 15 from downtown SANGHA in New Bedford, opposite the Zeiterion Theatre.

Well known on the South Coast for decades of teaching health, fitness and wellness, the program will be launched from SANGHA studio, co-founded by Jeff Costa and her husband Howard Klein, and set in motion by Nanci Winterhalter, Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), Certified Cancer Yoga Teacher, Physical Therapist and Certified Yoga Therapist.

“Supported by a grant from the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Massachusetts Chapter, Jeff and I will lead a small group of approximately six people who have been diagnosed with early Parkinson’s disease,” Winterhalter said. “This will include functional movements on and off the mat, standing practices on the mat, yoga poses, breathing, balance and flexibility exercises, specifically designed to address the challenges that Parkinson’s disease can to pose.”

Participants in this course must be able to get up and down from the floor safely without assistance.

What is SANGHA’s overall mission?

“To provide a welcoming, inclusive, affordable and accessible safe space that supports New Bedford’s diverse community, with experiential practices embodied in yoga, meditation, movement and the healing arts,” Winterhalter said. “Thank you to everyone in this area for your support over the past three decades.”

For more information, call (508) 990-0178, or email [email protected] or [email protected]

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