Carl Schuetz has a long career in teaching. He changed his teaching focus to yoga following a diagnosis of PD when he found that his yoga practice brought an improvement to his attitude and outward appearance. The experience was so positive and encouraging that he started earning yoga certifications with an eye toward helping others. He continues to train in yoga for movement disorders and now teaches classes specifically tailored for people with PD who experience limited range of motion and difficulty with balance, among other symptoms.
“It’s so rewarding to see the improvements as a result of teaching the yoga,” Carol recently said. “As a person with PD, every day you look for small victories. So when you get a victory on the yoga mat, it’s HUGE.”
Carl teaches PFNCA’s Yoga for Parkinson’s program in Timonium, Maryland, which is held Saturday’s from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. “The yoga class sequences taught are specifically tailored for the limited range of motion, difficulty with balance, and other symptoms experienced with Parkinson’s,” says Carl. “Supports such as chairs are used, and poses are specially adapted and modified to reduce risk while providing stability and focusing on alignment.”