To keep our community safe, most of our classes are being held online during the pandemic. Please check class descriptions below for the most up to date information.

Classes and Activities

PD Active offers exercise and voice classes with local teachers to serve the Parkinson’s community. Video recordings of many classes, including Tai Chi, Pilates, Brain Training, 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 are grateful for your contributions. DONATE

Classes


Boxing

Albany RSB (Rock Steady Boxing) 

Time: Online Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00am – 11:30am (PST)
In-person Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 2:30pm (PST) and Fridays 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. For the safety of all class participants, please attend in-person only if you have been fully vaccinated.
Registration: Classes via Zoom and in-person with a reservation (SBG NorCal, 1450 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA).
Contact: Email Coachdaniel@rocksteadyboxinggba.com or call (925) 471-5432.
Fees and Payment: Fee-based class on Zoom. By arrangement with Instructor.


Brain Training

Neuro-Movement Training for PD 

Time: Thursdays from 10:00am – 11:00am (PST)
Description: Steph Comella’s class uses a combination of fluid movements as well as the brain/eye work that is the hallmark of the class. The class uses fundamental movements of rolling, rocking, crawling, kneeling and all the transitions between. These exercises train flexibility and coordination for important skills such as getting up and down from the floor, squatting to pick things up and improving balance and agility. The class includes work on the floor. Please be sure to have a wide-open space to move around in. Household props, like pillows or chairs, may be used in class.
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 for PD® at Berkeley Ballet Theater

Time: In-person on Mondays from 12:00pm – 1:15pm (PST)
Description: Participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating, and creative. Presented in association with the Mark Morris Dance Group. Open to all people affected by Parkinson’s disease and their family members and caregivers; no dance experience is necessary. Live musical accompaniment.
Registration: New participants need to register in advance of their first class by phoning Susan Weber, Program Director, at 925-457-8170. (1370 Tenth Street, Berkeley 94710)
Contact: Email susanw@berkeleyballet.org or call (925) 457-8170
Fees and Payment: Classes are offered free of charge.

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.
Registration: Classes via Zoom.
Contact: Email Debbie at fasn8n@comcast.net or 510-653-8362.
Fees and Payment: This class is offered for free.

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

Time: Fridays from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (PST)
Description: This 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. Students will also practice skills that enhance communication as well as functional skills such as getting up after a fall and getting out of a chair. Strategies for addressing such issues as freezing, balance and turning will also be taught and practiced.
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.


power moves

PD Fit Club

PD Fit Club

Time: Tuesdays from 11:00am – 12:15pm (PST)
Description: This class is a dynamic mix of all the forms of movements that are recommended for PD – aerobic, high-amplitude movement that includes cognitive challenges, balance training, PD specific strength training, and slower mindful movement and stretching in the warm-up and cool-down phase of the class. You’ll leave with a sense of having had a great workout but also feeling refreshed by mindful movement and relaxation at the end of class. We use music during the dynamic part of class to help you move better and to make the class engaging. The class is designed to improve your functional movement while you are having fun – help you get up from a chair, make larger steps, turn in the bed, etc.
Interview with instructor Petra Fibrichova HERE.
Registration: Register for class HERE.
Contact: Email Petra at fibrichova@gmail.com.
Fees and Payment: Suggested fee $15-$20 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 10:30am – 11:30am (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

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

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)

Time: Tuesdays 12:30pm – 1:30pm (PST)
Description: Chair based yoga 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.


Activities

Pickleball


Time: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 2:00pm
Location: Tennis Courts @ Bushrod Park 560 59th Street, Oakland CA
Description: Pickleball is fun, easy to learn and great for PD. We have play at all levels, and all for fun. Beginners can learn on a beginner court. No experience necessary. Equipment is available for those who don’t have their own. This is not an instructor-led class, but plenty of friendly PwP to help out any beginners. Spouses/partners/friends are always welcome. MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ANYONE NOT FULLY VACCINATED.
Registration: No registration required.
Contact: Cathy Ball at programdirector@pdactive.org.
Fees and Payment: This activity is free.


Hiking


Time: Wednesdays at 9:30am 
Location: Canyon Meadows (“base camp”) or another trail in the Bay Area
Description: Movement and nature are both beneficial for people with PD so if this sounds appealing, join PD Active’s hiking group. Twice per month, hiking “base camp” is at Canyon Meadows, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland. The description and detailed information below is for the base camp hikes. Other hikes include East Bay hills (Redwood Park, Joaquin Miller Park, Tilden), Alameda, Berkeley shoreline, Pt. Pinole, San Francisco Embarcadero, Angel Island, and more. This is not an instructor-led class, but plenty of friendly PwP and spouses/partners/friends are always welcome.  MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ANYONE NOT FULLY VACCINATED
Base Camp Trailhead:  Canyon Meadows, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland. We meet at the bathrooms in the picnic area just beyond the end of the road.
Base Camp Trail: We usually go out about 45-60 min and come back to the start for a total of roughly 3 miles.  The trail is in thick trees and is cool even in hot weather.  It is paved for the first mile then begins to climb slightly on gravel (but smooth) trail.  There are bathrooms (with water) at the trailhead and another (without water) after about a mile.  There are a couple of benches with backs on the first mile and many picnic tables.
Directions to base camp trailhead: From CA-13 (Warren Freeway) look for Redwood Road and exit eastbound onto Redwood Rd.  Go 1.3 miles on Redwood to Skyline Blvd.  Continue on Redwood Rd 2.1 additional miles to the entrance for Redwood Regional Park.  Turn left into the park and continue on the park road 0.5 miles to its end. Park at the end of the road and look for the bathrooms about 100-200 ft beyond the end of the park road.
Registration: No registration required.
Contact: Dennis Slaughter at thaumaturgist206@comcast.net or Cathy Ball at programdirector@pdactive.org
Fees and Payment: This activity is free.


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