Mar 21

9-Months Later…

A YOGI’S JOURNEY WITH PARKINSON’S – Volume 14 In an earlier post (Volume 8), I suggested that telling the world I had Parkinson’s shared similarities with announcing a pregnancy. Now, nine-months have come and passed, but there is no new life, no bundle of joy. The only thing that has finally been “birthed” is this long […]

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Aug 21

The “Missing” Toxin

A YOGI’S JOURNEY WITH PARKINSON’S – Volume 13 After posting the “Why Me?” blog (Volume 4) of potential toxins that likely contributed to my contracting Parkinson’s Disease, I had a lingering suspicion that my list was incomplete (though still relevant). More importantly, that list also left my initial question unanswered. Sure, I grew up with Fluoride in my […]

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Aug 17

Giving Up a Yoga Class

A YOGI’S JOURNEY WITH PARKINSON’S – Volume 12 As a yoga teacher, dropping a class is kind of like breaking up with someone. This isn’t merely unsubscribing from a friend’s distribution list or “unfriending” them on Facebook. This is yoga abandonment! The longer the “relationship” the greater the mutual investment and arguably co-dependence. It means […]

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Jun 08

The Bad Neighbor

A YOGI’S JOURNEY WITH PARKINSON’S – Volume 11 In my blogging process, I have stopped myself more than a few times as I began writing about my “battle” or my “fight” with Parkinson’s Disease. A few of these occurrences may have slipped past my passive editing, but for the most part I have avoided these descriptors on purpose. While doubtful […]

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Jun 08

Supplements

A YOGI’S JOURNEY WITH PARKINSON’S – Volume 10 I used to be the guy who would condescendingly say, “You know what they say about people on vitamins/supplements? Expensive urine.” Now I am the guy who turned a once proud wine fridge into this: Please note, this is not “our” supplement fridge. THESE ARE ALL MINE. How did I […]

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May 24

Not a Huggy Guy?

A YOGI’S JOURNEY WITH PARKINSON’S – Volume 9 One interesting aside from my sharing the news that I have Parkinson’s occurred when a yoga student asked if it was OK to hug me even though I was “not a huggy guy.” After appreciatively accepting the hug, I wondered how I fell out of the category of “yoga hug-able”? […]

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May 20

Sharing Bad News

A Yogi’s Journey with Parkinson’s – Volume 8 There is no easy way to share bad news… Not that I have any experience being pregnant or “coming out of the closet”, but I suspect those disclosures are similar to my announcement in at least three ways: (1) There is an “appropriate” order of disseminating the information (i.e., […]

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Apr 27

Financial Burdens of Parkinson’s

A Yogi’s Journey With Parkinson’s – Volume 7   One of the first questions I hear after letting people know I have Parkinson’s is, “Do you have insurance?” The inquirer is often visually relieved when I say, “Yes” (like someone who just found their missing iPhone). I am happy they get that momentary relief. No […]

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Apr 27

Teaching Yoga with Parkinson’s

A Yogi’s Journey with Parkinson’s – Volume 6 Upon sharing my Parkinson’s diagnosis with a concerned yoga student, she asked, “Are you going to give up your classes?” “Of course NOT!” was my first incredulous thought. But then I considered, “How would she (or anyone) know that, unless I tell them?” So I wanted to share… I’M […]

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Apr 27

My Initial Plan

A Yogi’s Journey with Parkinson’s – Volume 5 I was going to put off the writing of this particular blog until I had more time for elaboration and my “Plan” for battling Parkinson’s Disease (“PD”) was a little more developed. But then I realized that waiting for either of those events was defeatist. There is […]

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More important than learning how to recall things is finding ways to forget things that are cluttering the mind.

~ Eric Butterworth