To keep our community safe, all our classes are being held online during the pandemic.

All Classes

PD Active offers live-stream exercise and voice classes with local teachers to serve the Parkinson’s community. Video recordings of many classes, including Tai Chi, Pilates, meditation and PWR! are available on PD Active’s YouTube channel. To view the channel, click HERE.

Students will not be turned away due to financial reasons. Please talk with the teacher directly or email programdirector@pdactive.org if you need financial assistance for class or if you have any questions.

PD Active depends on donations to deliver many of our programs to the community free of charge. We remain grateful for your contributions. DONATE


Boxing

Albany RSB (Rock Steady Boxing) 

Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am – 11:30am (PST)
Description: Rock Steady Boxing is the first program in the country dedicated to using boxing to condition for optimal agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork, and overall strength to defend against the opponent — Parkinson’s. Coach Daniel Burkhardt teaches exercises varying in purpose and form that share one common trait: they are rigorous and intended to extend the capabilities of the participant.
Registration: Classes via Zoom.
Contact: Email Coachdaniel@rocksteadyboxinggba.com or call (925) 471-5432.
Fees and Payment: Fee-based class on Zoom. By arrangement with Instructor.


Brain Training

Brain Training for PD 

Time: Thursdays from 10:00am – 11:00am (PST)
Description: This class, taught by Steph Comella, is designed to exercise the body and the mind. The class uses brain games, optical exercises and full body movements to improve balance, coordination, and reactivity. Join class, start your day right and open your brain up for neuroplasticity and positivity. 
Interview with instructor Steph Comella HERE.
Registration: Register for class HERE
Fees and Payment: The class fee is a suggested donation of $10-$15 to PD Active through PayPal at this link.  
Contact: Email programs@pdactive.org.


Dance

Dance

Dance for PD®

Time: Thursdays from 10:30am – 11:45am (PST)
Description: Classes combine elements of modern dance, ballet, social dancing & improvisation to create an enjoyable, stimulating non-pressured artistic experience. Open to all; no dance experience is necessary.
Registration: Classes via Zoom.
Contact: Email info@danspace.com to register and receive meeting ID.
Fees and Payment: By arrangement with Instructor.

Dance Moves Me! for Parkinson’s

Time: Tuesdays from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (PST)
Description: Come join us and experience a dynamic, spirited and fun class of rhythmic movement and dance. See why Neurologist, Dr. Steven Holtz, wrote “A more fun- filled therapy for Parkinson’s can hardly be imagined!” www.dancemovesme.com Debbie Sternbach: Parkinson Foundation’s Moving Day© dance chair/Bay Area and Trina Frometa: Dance for PD© instructor
Registration: Classes via Zoom.
Contact: Email Debbie at fasn8n@comcast.net or 510-653-8362.
Fees and Payment: Suggested Donation of $10. Donations need to be made through Zelle: www.zellepay.com to Proyectoparkinson@hotmail.com or direct deposit to: Bank of America Name: Trina Frometa Account number: 3250 3545 2968

Parkinson’s Disease & the Art of Moving: The John Argue Method

Time: Fridays from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (PST)
Description: The class is based on the program created by master PD movement instructor and author, John Argue. The Art of Moving class focuses on addressing Parkinson’s symptoms and teaches methods of mindful, graceful and complete movement. In the class, students also practice skills that enhance communication, and functional skills such as getting up after a fall to getting out of a chair, addressing freezing, balance challenges and turning skills. Instructors: Debbie Sternbach & Chrissy MacDonald.
Registration: Classes via Zoom.
Contact: Email Debbie at fasn8n@comcast.net or 510-653-8362.
Fees and Payment: This class is free, in memory of Lee Shapiro and in honor of PD instructor John Argue.


meditation

Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

Time: on summer break
Description: Lila Heller leads a Mindfulness Meditation session which follows the weekly Pilates mat class. The meditation class can be taken independently of the Pilates class. If you have already registered for Pilates, you don’t need to register for this Mindfulness Meditation. If you did not register for Pilates, register for Mindfulness Meditation below.
Interview with instructor Lila Heller HERE.


pilates

Pilates

Pilates

Time: on summer break
Description: Join movement trainer Lila Heller for a Pilates class. Take a mini deep dive into the connection of the mind and body. Learn tools to use daily and experience ease in your body. This class is designed to be fun, interactive and enlightening. 
Interview with instructor Lila Heller HERE.


power moves

PWR!Moves

PWR!Moves®

Time: Tuesdays from 11:00am – 12:00pm (PST)
Description: PWR!Moves is a progressive, neuroplasticity-based aerobic exercise developed to push back against the main PD symptoms such as small and slow movements, stooped posture, balance problems, and gait changes. Taught by Petra Fibrichova, the class begins with mindful movement, then the students elevate their heart rate with 30 min of aerobic exercise working on big steps, coordination, and balance. The class continues with a few strengthening exercises on the mat and finishes with stretching and relaxation.
Interview with instructor Petra Fibrichova HERE.
Registration: Register for class HERE.
Contact: Email Petra at fibrichova@gmail.com.
Fees and Payment: Suggested fee $10-$15 per class paid through PayPal to fibrichova@gmail.com or Venmo @Petra-Fibrichova at the end of the month when Petra sends you your statement. Check is also an option.

PWR!Moves II

Time: Fridays from 2:00pm – 3:00pm (PST)
Description: Vigorous class based on the Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery program. Taught by Petra Fibrichova, the focus is on elevating the heart rate, big movements, and strength. Have light dumbbells or cans or water bottles ready.
Interview with instructor Petra Fibrichova HERE.
Registration: Register for class HERE.
Contact: Email programs@pdactive.org.
Fees and Payment: Suggested fee $10-$15 per class paid through PayPal to fibrichova@gmail.com or Venmo @Petra-Fibrichova at the end of the month when Petra sends you your statement. Check is also an option.


tai chi

Tai Chi

Tai Chi for Parkinson’s

Time: Fridays from 12:00pm – 12:45pm (PST)
Description: This class, taught by Otto Dittmer, is a mind-body, low-impact movement practice that has been shown to reduce balance impairments in people with Parkinson’s with additional benefits of improved functional capacity and reduced falls. Research shows that Tai Chi has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves, muscles, immune system, and the mind.
Interview with Otto Dittmer HERE.
Registration: Register for class HERE.
Contact: Email programs@pdactive.org.
Fees and Payment: Prior to the start of each class, make your $10 payment via PayPal to ordwellness@gmail.com,

Tai Chi for Gait and Balance

Time: Mondays from 10:00am – 11:00am (PST)
Description: This class, taught by Otto Dittmer, is a mind-body, low-impact practice that focuses on movements geared toward improving balance and gait. People with Parkinson’s often have balance or gait issues. Otto has designed this Tai Chi practice to address these issues.
Interview with Otto Dittmer HERE.
Registration: Register for class HERE.
Contact: Email programs@pdactive.org.
Fees and Payment: Prior to the start of each class, make your $10 payment via PayPal to ordwellness@gmail.com.


Voice

Voice

PD Active Communication Workshop

Time: Tuesdays from 1:30pm – 2:30pm (PST)
Description: PD Active’s Voice Communication Workshop taught by Sarah Talach, a speech-language pathologist, is designed to help people with PD exercise and strengthen their voice.
Interview with Sarah Talach HERE.
Registration: Register for class HERE.
Contact: Email Sarah at sarah@talachspeechtherapy.com.
Fees and Payment: $15/class or $10 for 4 classes in a month. Please know that no one will be turned away due to financial reasons. Please talk with Sarah directly if there are financial issues, or if you have any other questions. Paid by check or PayPal at the end of the month when the instructor sends you your statement.

The Tremolos

Time: 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays from 10:30am – 12:00pm (PST)
Description: Come and join our PD Active chorus, The Tremolos, led by Oakland music teacher and director Lauren Carley. Learn breath control, pronunciation and new songs; improve your speaking and sing! We have a lot of fun. Open to all.
Registration: Classes via Zoom.
Contact: Email Lauren Carley lacarley@gmail.com.
Fees and Payment: Donation-based class. By arrangement with Instructor.


Yoga

Yoga

Be Well: Yoga Therapy for People with Parkinson’s

Time: Thursdays from 2:00pm – 3:15pm (PST)
Description: Weekly, semi-private, online group yoga therapy class with Yoga Therapist Suzanne Drolet. Small class size (10 max) provides opportunity for instructor feedback and individual guidance. Each class addresses common issues for people with PD, including posture, strength, flexibility, breathing, focus and balance. Supplemental videos, exercises and strategies to practice at home are also provided.
Registration: Classes via Zoom.
Contact: Email instructor to inquire about availability life_love_yoga@comcast.net or call 510-846-8814.
Fees and Payment: By arrangement with Instructor. $20/class (in advance).

Mindful Movement: You, Yoga and Parkinson’s

Time: Fridays from 11:00am – 12:15pm (PST)
Description: Yoga is one of the most beneficial complementary therapies for Parkinson’s disease, helping to increase flexibility; improve posture; loosen tight muscles; build (or rebuild) confidence; and, through these benefits, enhance the quality of life. Pamela Perry and Aileen Kim will alternate teaching the class; they have both been long-term volunteers for PD Active’s Yoga for PD classes. This class is not just for people with Parkinson’s. Friends, family, caregivers, and anyone else are welcome!
Registration: Classes via Zoom.
Contact: Email Aileen: aileenkkim@gmail.com or call (510) 406-1320 or email Pamela: pamela@gatewaytograce.net or call (510) 658-3699.
Fees and Payment: Suggested donation $10-$15. No one turned away for lack of funds. 

Move and Groove (Chair Yoga/ PWR!Moves)

Time: Tuesdays 12:30pm – 1:30pm (PST)
Description: Chair based yoga and Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery exercise (PWR!Moves) for those who prefer to exercise in the chair. We start with chair based yoga to warm up and then work on big and rhythmic movements with some cognitive challenges mixed in to the tunes of oldies. We finish with a few minutes of breathing exercises to improve our lung capacity and relaxation to settle our bodies and minds.
Interview with instructor Petra Fibrichova HERE.
Registration: Register for class HERE.
Contact: Email Petra at fibrichova@gmail.com.
Fees and Payment: Suggested fee $10-$15 per class paid through PayPal to fibrichova@gmail.com or Venmo @Petra-Fibrichova at the end of the month when Petra sends you your statement. Check is also an option.

Yoga for PD

Time: Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 2:15 pm (PST)
Description:
Yoga with Vickie Russell Bell adapted for the needs of the people with PD. Emphasizes breathing and movement fluidity. Balance and relaxation exercises. Open to anyone with PD.
Interview with instructor Vickie Bell HERE.
Registration: Classes via Zoom.
Contact: Email Vickie yogavickie@gmail.com.
Fees and Payment: Donation-based class.


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