APDA American Parkinson Disease Association
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PD Exercise Classes in Northern/Central California

Studies show that exercise can be very helpful to those with Parkinson's Disease. A common question at support group meetings is "what exercise is best?" Most movement disorder specialists say that the best exercise is one that is safe and that the participant enjoys (as it improves the chances that you'll do it every day).

Living in Northern or Central California? Here's a list of exercise classes available, with an emphasis on classes for those with PD. If you don't see anything listed near you, check with your local senior center for classes designed for seniors or those with disabilities. See our separate list of fall prevention programs.

Want to exercise in the privacy of your home? See this list of some of our favorite PD-specific exercise videos.

Great national resource! Several years ago, the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) launched the APDA National Resource Center for Rehabilitation at Boston University. The center offers a tollfree “exercise helpline” where callers can speak with a licensed physical therapist. Available Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm (Boston time) at 888-606-1688 or rehab@bu.edu.

If you are interested in the science behind exercise in PD, check out this list of the best medical research on the management of PD symptoms through exercise.

 

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tulip = exercise class specifically for those with PD

SAN FRANCISCO
City -
Class Name
Location Contact Description
San Francisco
Dance for Parkinson's
tulip
The Sequoias, 1400 Geary Blvd. PD SF Network [pdsfnetwork gmail.com], 415-285-7377. RSVP with name, phone, and number attending.

  • 1st Thursday, 12:30-1:45pm
  • Led by professional dancers
  • Appropriate for anyone with PD no matter how advanced and no dance experience is needed
  • Based on Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Article about class
  • Space limited to 35 participants
  • $15 suggested donation
San Francisco
Dance for Parkinson's
tulip
Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St. at 17th St. PD SF Network [pdsfnetwork gmail.com], 415-285-7377. RSVP with name, phone, and number attending.

  • Usually 1st and 3rd Sundays,12-1:15pm. Check schedule.
  • Led by professional dancers
  • Appropriate for anyone with PD no matter how advanced and no dance experience is needed
  • Based on Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Article about class
  • Space limited to 35 participants
  • $15 suggested donation
San Francisco
Parkinson's Disease Exercise Classes
tulip
St. Francis Lutheran Church, 152 Church St. Jose Carlos Asencios [garzaperu yahoo.com], instructor, 415-240-5141
  • Beginner class: Fridays, 12-1:30pm
  • Advanced class: Fridays, 2-3:30pm
  • Led by professional dancer
  • Based on John Argue's method
  • Learn to move and speak consciously. Combine elements of modern dance, yoga, ballet, and tai chi.
  • $120/month
San Francisco
Parkinson's in the Park
tulip
Lafayette Park, Gough & Washington St. Damien Opperisano [damienopperisano yahoo.com], instructor, 415-845-9204
  • Wednesdays, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Focus on gait, balance, mobility, posture, and reducing stiffness
  • $25/class

San Francisco
Rock Steady Boxing for PD
tulip


HITFIT SF, 1150 Sutter St. Kim (Woolley) Voronin, LCSW, CPT [rocksteadyboxingsf gmail.com], instructor, 415-410-3339
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:15-2:45pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15am-9:45am, Fridays 9:15-10:45:am, Sundays noon-1:30pm
  • Advance assessment required, $100 fee
  • $150/month for unlimited classes with 2-month minimum, or $75/month for one class/week
  • Scholarships available
San Francisco
Tango Class and Dancing
Building 7 - Room 120 (Auditorium), Voluntary Services, 4150 Clement St. Bob Noakes [tangosgtbob earthlink.net], instructor, 415-710-2144
  • Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm. 30 minutes of instruction, 30 minutes dancing
  • Advance registration required.
  • Class is free and open to veterans, active duty military and those attending SF VA PD Support Group
  • YouTube video
PENINSULA
City -
Class Name
Location Contact Description
Daly City
Various Older Adult Exercise Classes
Doelger Senior Center - Pacelli Gym, 101 Lake Merced Blvd. Doelger Senior Center, 650-991-8012
  • Classes offered Monday to Friday, including Low-impact Aerobics and Physical Fitness
  • Drop-in, $3/class
East Palo Alto
Strong for Life Class
East Palo Alto Senior Center, 560 Bell St. Peggy Simon [pesimon stanfordmed.org], Stanford Aging Adult Services, 650-725-4137. Advance registration required.
  • Fridays 10:30-11:30am
  • Requires pre-registration and MD's approval
  • Designed for older adults with or without physical limitations
  • Improve strength and functional movement
  • Based on national model program
  • Free
Menlo Park
Strong for Life Class
Little House - Fitness Room, 800 Middle Ave. Peggy Simon [pesimon stanfordmed.org], Stanford Aging Adult Services, 650-725-4137. Advance registration required.
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am and Thursdays 10:30-11:30am
  • Requires pre-registration and MD's approval
  • Designed for older adults with or without physical limitations
  • Improve strength and functional movement
  • Based on national model program
  • Free but Little House membership required
Menlo Park
Strong for Life Class
Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave. Peggy Simon [pesimon stanfordmed.org], Stanford Aging Adult Services, 650-725-4137. Advance registration required.
  • Fridays 9:00-10:00am
  • Requires pre-registration and MD's approval
  • Designed for older adults with or without physical limitations
  • Improve strength and functional movement
  • Based on national model program
  • Free
Menlo Park
Various Older Adult Exercise Classes
Little House - Fitness Room, 800 Middle Ave. Little House, 650-326-2025, ext. 242

  • Classes offered Mondays to Fridays, including Arthritis Certified Exercise, Fun with Fitness, Lifetime Fitness, and Zumba Gold
  • Monthly cost $60-90 for Little House members and $65-95 for non-members, depending on class
  • Advance registration required
Mountain View
Parkinson's Exercise Program
tulip


El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Rd. Register with Lisa Schouten [lisa.schouten ymcasv.org], 650-429-1324
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 1:30-2:30pm
  • Focus on endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance
  • Led by certified personal trainer Lisa Schouten
  • Free to the public
Mountain View
Strong for Life Class
Mountain View Senior Center - Dance & Movement Room, 266 Escuela Ave. Peggy Simon [pesimon stanfordmed.org], Stanford Aging Adult Services, 650-725-4137. Advance registration required.
  • Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am and Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am
  • Requires pre-registration and MD's approval
  • Designed for older adults with or without physical limitations
  • Improve strength and functional movement
  • Based on national model program
  • Free
Palo Alto
Better Balance for People with Walking Challenges Class
Lucie Stern Community Center - Stern Ballroom, 1305 Middlefield Rd. Register online with City of Palo Alto Community Services Department, or in person at a Palo Alto community center. Advance registration required.

Information available online or at Lucie Stern Community Center, 650-463-4900

  • Thursdays, 2-3pm
  • Intervention program designed to re-learn proper posture, gait, standing and walking skills. Other topics are fall prevention and how to get up from falls.
  • Those with walkers or in wheelchairs are welcome
  • Class offered throughout the year
  • $118 fee for Palo Alto residents and $136 fee for non-residents, for 11 classes
Palo Alto
Dance for Parkinson's
tulip

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center - Wellness Room 1511, First Floor, 213 Quarry Rd. TC Cowles, RN, Stanford Neuroscience Supportive Care Program, 650-721-8500. Advance RSVP required.
  • Fridays 12:30-1:45pm
  • Based on Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD
  • Class size limited. Preference given to those with PD. (If space, care providers welcome.)
  • Led by Damara Vita Ganley, professional dancer
  • New location as of June 2016
  • Free (but pre-registration required!)
Palo Alto
Parkinson's Exercise Program
tulip

Avenidas, 450 Bryant St. Register with instructor.

Information: Stephanie Happe [shappe ymcasv.org], Palo Alto Family YMCA Community Programs Director, 650-842-2766
  • Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:30pm and Fridays, 3:30-4:30pm
  • Focus on PWR!Moves, flexibility, balance, and strength
  • Led by certified instructors from Palo Alto Family YMCA
  • Free to the public
Palo Alto
Parkinson's Exercise Program
tulip


Palo Alto Family YMCA, 3412 Ross Rd. Register with Stephanie Happe [shappe ymcasv.org], Community Programs Director, 650-842-2766
  • Beginning: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 2-3pm
  • Intermediate: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 3-4pm
  • Focus on PWR!Moves, flexibility, balance, and strength
  • Led by certified fitness trainer Larry Hovland
  • Free to the public
Palo Alto
PWR! Parkinson's Wellness Recovery
tulip

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center - Wellness Room 1511, First Floor, 213 Quarry Rd. TC Cowles, RN, Stanford Neuroscience Supportive Care Program, 650-721-8500. Advance RSVP required.
  • Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm
  • Class limited to 4. Preference given to those with PD. (If space, care providers welcome.)
  • Leanel Liwanag, PWR-certified instructor
  • Started June 2016
  • Free (but pre-registration required!)
Palo Alto
Strong for Life Class
Avenidas, 450 Bryant St. Peggy Simon [pesimon stanfordmed.org], Stanford Aging Adult Services, 650-725-4137. Advance registration required.
  • Mondays 9:15-10:15am, Mondays 10:30-11:30am, and Thursdays 10:30-11:30am
  • Requires pre-registration and MD's approval
  • Designed for older adults with or without physical limitations
  • Improve strength and functional movement
  • Based on national model program
  • Free
Palo Alto
Strong for Life Class
Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd. Peggy Simon [pesimon stanfordmed.org], Stanford Aging Adult Services, 650-725-4137. Advance registration required.
  • Wednesdays 9:30-10:30am
  • Requires pre-registration and MD's approval
  • Designed for older adults with or without physical limitations
  • Improve strength and functional movement
  • Based on national model program
  • Free
Palo Alto
Strong for Life Class
Oshman Family Jewish Community Center - Health Library, 3921 Fabian Way Peggy Simon [pesimon stanfordmed.org], Stanford Aging Adult Services, 650-725-4137. Advance registration required.
  • Mondays 10:30-11:30am and Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am
  • Requires pre-registration and MD's approval
  • Designed for older adults with or without physical limitations
  • Improve strength and functional movement
  • Based on national model program
  • Free
Palo Alto
Various Older Adults Exercise Classes
Avenidas, 450 Bryant St. Register online (select "Classes," then "Fitness") with Avenidas. Advance registration required.

Information available online or at Avenidas, 650-289-5400

  • Classes offered Mondays to Fridays, including Cloud Walking for Tai Chi and Sit - Fit - Fun
  • $49-$70 fee for Avenidas members and $60-85 fee for non-members, depending on class
Palo Alto
Yoga

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center - Wellness Room 1511, First Floor, 213 Quarry Rd. TC Cowles, RN, Stanford Neuroscience Supportive Care Program, 650-721-8500. Advance registration required.
  • Wednesdays 10:45-11:30am and Fridays 10:45-11:30am
  • Chair yoga with moderate stretching, strengthening, and balance exercise
  • Led by Jido Lee Ferguson, RYT
  • Started June 2016
  • Free for those with PD and other neurological disorders and their caregivers
Redwood City
Adaptive Physical Education
Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 711 Nevada St. Barbara McCarthy [info adaptivepevmsc.org], 650-368-7732
  • Classes offered Monday through Friday. See class schedule.
  • Fees vary from $5 to $10/class
Redwood City
Parkinson's Exercise Class - Intermediate Level
tulip

Veterans Memorial Senior Center - Adaptive PE Room, 711 Nevada St. Katie Parafinczuk, PT, DPT [kparafi gmail.com], instructor, 650-299-4717


  • Mondays, 4-5pm
  • Seated, standing, and walking exercises
  • Must be able to stand up from a chair and walk independently, with or without an assistive device. First-timers must contact instructor [kparafi gmail.com] in advance
  • $5 per class
Redwood City
Parkinson's PWR! Circuit
tulip

Veterans Memorial Senior Center - Adaptive PE Room, 711 Nevada St. Scott Lohmann [info adaptivepevmsc.org], instructor, 650-823-1225


  • Wednesdays, 4-5pm
  • Seated, standing, and walking exercises
  • Must be able to stand up from a chair and walk independently, with or without an assistive device
  • Based on PWR!
  • $10 per class
Redwood City
PWR! Moves Exercise Class - Advanced Level
tulip

Veterans Memorial Senior Center - Redwood Room, 1455 Madison Ave. Theresa Najjar, PT [theresa synapticpt.com], instructor, 408-724-8466
Redwood City
Strong for Life Class
Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center, 2600 Middlefield Rd. Peggy Simon [pesimon stanfordmed.org], Stanford Aging Adult Services, 650-725-4137. Advance registration required.
  • Thursdays 12:45-1:45pm
  • Requires pre-registration and MD's approval
  • Designed for older adults with or without physical limitations
  • Improve strength and functional movement
  • Based on national model program
  • Free
Redwood City
Yoga for Parkinson's
tulip

Veterans Memorial Senior Center - Game Room, 1455 Madison Ave. Adaptive PE Program [info adaptivepevmsc.org], 650-368-7732
  • Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am
  • Class taught by Arlene McCarthy, DPT, certified yoga instructor
  • Free
Redwood City
Yoga for Parkinson's
tulip

Veterans Memorial Senior Center - Gold Star Room, 1455 Madison Ave. Adaptive PE Program [info adaptivepevmsc.org], 650-368-7732
  • Tuesdays 11am-noon
  • Class taught by Ruth West, LCSW, certified yoga instructor
  • Free

San Mateo
Rock Steady Boxing for PD
tulip

Rock Steady Boxing Gym, 2300 Palm Ave. Freddy Silva [rocksteadyfreddy650 gmail.com], coach, 415-385-5668
  • Mondays 1:30-3pm and Tuesdays thru Fridays, 10-11:30am
  • Non-contact PD exercise program
  • Requires advance assessment, $75
  • $120/month
Santa Clara
Pool Fitness Classes
Santa Clara Senior Center, 1303 Fremont St. (at Monroe) Santa Clara Adult Education, 408-423-3500 (if you aren't a senior) or Santa Clara Senior Center (if you are a senior), 408-615-3170
  • Held in warm water pool
  • Classes fill quickly
  • Led by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors
Stanford
Tai Chi for PD
tulip
Stanford Hospital - Atrium, Ground Floor Jane or Mwezo, Kujiweza Healing Arts [parkinsons sjyogataichi.org], 408-315-1179

 

  • Saturdays 10-11:30am
  • $20 per class
  • First class is free
  • Group discount available
Sunnyvale
Adapted Physical Education

Life's Garden, 450 Old San Francisco Rd. De Anza Adapted PE Information and Enrollment [sheldonmelissa deanza.edu], 408-864-8885

  • Classes for older adults with a verified physical disability
Sunnyvale
Exercise Class for PD
tulip
Sunnyvale Senior Center, 550 E. Remington Dr. De Anza Adapted PE Information and Enrollment [sheldonmelissa deanza.edu], 408-864-8885

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-10am
  • Group class for older adults with verified disabilities
  • PD emphasis though exercise designed for all
  • Led by Ruth Haynes
  • DeAnza class fee and Sunnyvale Senior Center membership are required
Sunnyvale
Core and More Class
tulip

The Parkinson's Institute, 675 Almanor Ave. Gloria [ggoldstein thepi.org], The Parkinson's Institute, 408-734-2800
  • Mondays 11am-12:30pm
  • Learn basics of core exercises
  • Led by personal trainer Jennifer Larsen
  • $12/class or 10-class pass for $100. Cash or check accepted.
Sunnyvale
Dance for PD Class
tulip

The Parkinson's Institute, 675 Almanor Ave. Gloria [ggoldstein thepi.org], The Parkinson's Institute, 408-734-2800
  • Fridays 10:30-11:45am
  • Movement to music, designed for persons with PD
  • Led by professional dancers Damara Vita Ganley or Becca Dean
  • Students in wheelchair must bring care partner
  • Caregivers welcome
  • $12/class or 10-class pass for $100. Cash or check accepted.
Sunnyvale
Flexibility, Balance and Strength Training Class
tulip

The Parkinson's Institute, 675 Almanor Ave. Gloria [ggoldstein thepi.org], The Parkinson's Institute, 408-734-2800
  • Tuesdays 2-3:15pm
  • Led by certified fitness trainer Larry Hovland
  • $12/class or 10-class pass for $100. Cash or check accepted.
Sunnyvale
Gait & Balance Classes
tulip


The Parkinson's Institute, 675 Almanor Ave. Gloria [ggoldstein thepi.org], The Parkinson's Institute, 408-734-2800
  • Beginner class: Thursdays 10:30am-noon; for those who need assistance to stand or walk
  • Intermediate class: Wednesdays noon- 1pm; for those who need assistance to stand or walk
  • Intensive class: Wednesdays 10:30am-noon; for those not requiring assistance
  • 90-min exercise with trainer Jennifer Larsen
  • $12/class or 10-class pass for $100. Cash or check accepted.
Sunnyvale
Parkinson's Exercise Program
tulip


The Parkinson's Institute, 675 Almanor Ave. Gloria [ggoldstein thepi.org], The Parkinson's Institute, 408-734-2800
  • Thursdays 2-3:15pm
  • Stretching, balance, motor skills, strength training, with a focus on legs and cardio work
  • 75-min exercise with trainer Larry Hovland
  • Starting July 2016
  • $12/class or 10-class pass for $100. Cash or check accepted.
SOUTH BAY
City -
Class Name
Location Contact Description
Cupertino
Adapted Physical Education
Cupertino Senior Center, 21251 Stevens Creek Blvd. De Anza Adapted PE Information and Enrollment [sheldonmelissa deanza.edu], 408-864-8885

  • Classes for older adults with a verified physical disability
Cupertino
Adapted Physical Education
De Anza College Information [sheldonmelissa deanza.edu], 408-864-8885


  • Classes for those with a verified physical disability
  • Schedule changes each quarter
San Jose
Adult Aquatic Exercise Classes
DACA Swim School, 1080 S. De Anza Blvd.
Information [customer_service daca.org], 408-446-5600
  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program focuses on joint range of motion, light cardio and light muscle building
  • Low Impact Class adds more cardio and strength training (flotation weights)
  • Must be comfortable in chest-deep water
  • $78/month for classes 1-5 days each week
San Jose
Adapted Fitness Classes
Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Ave. Information - Dominique Pacolba [Dominique.pacolba sanjoseca.gov], therapeutic specialist, City of San Jose, 408-268-1567.

Registration at any City of San Jose Community Center. Or register online (search for "Adapted Fitness").

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-3:30pm
  • Certified strength/conditioning specialist will develop customized fitness program
  • Up to $180 for three months or $6 drop-in fee. $8 additional charge for non-San Jose residents.
San Jose
Adapted Golf Classes
Los Lagos Golf Course, 2995 Tuers Rd. Information - Dominique Pacolba [Dominique.pacolba sanjoseca.gov], therapeutic specialist, City of San Jose, 408-268-1567.

Registration at any City of San Jose Community Center. Or register online (search for "Adapted Golf").

  • Thursdays, 12-1:30pm
  • Instructor is golf pro Scot Hathaway
  • Stroke analysis, chipping, pitching, putting and golf basics
  • $88 for 8 sessions. $4 additional charge for non-San Jose residents.
San Jose
Parkinson's Exercise Program
tulip

The Villages Golf & Country Club Jane or Mwezo, Kujiweza Healing Arts [parkinsons sjyogataichi.org], 408-315-1179

  • 3 day program: Tuesdays 10am ADL functional training; Wednesdays 10am Tai Chi; Thursdays 11:30am Indoor Walking for Better Balance and/or chair aerobics
  • $20 per class
  • First class is free
  • Open to non-residents of The Villages
San Jose
Pool Fitness Classes

San Jose State University Timpany Center, 730 Empey Way Information [timpanycenter gmail.com], 408-283-9036
  • 5 classes available Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm, including Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
  • Requires monthly registration
  • Fee starts at $15/month for members or $35/month for non-members
EAST BAY
City -
Class Name
Location Contact Description
Berkeley
Chair Yoga
tulip
The Yoga Room, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite D Murthy Jarugumill [murthy.yt gmail.com], yoga therapist and instructor

 

  • Tuesdays 1-2pm
  • For those with PD. If space, care partners may attend
  • Starts August 2016
  • $15/class
Berkeley
Dance for PD
tulip
Berkeley Ballet Theater, 2640 College Ave. Susan Weber, Berkeley Ballet Theater, 510-843-4687, ext. 113 to register. Advance registration required.

  • Wednesdays 11:15am-12:30pm
  • Combines elements of modern dance, ballet, social dancing and improvisation
  • Presented in association with Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Open to all; no dance experience is necessary
  • No charge. Donations accepted.
Berkeley
Hula for PD
tulip

North Berkeley Senior Center - Room C (second floor), 1901 Hearst Ave. Jane Levy [hula pdactive.org], 510-823-6475 for information
  • Mondays 11am-12pm
  • Authentic Hawaiian hula
  • Open to anyone connected to PD
  • Class may not meet near holidays
  • Led by Analu Akao
  • Free
Berkeley
Parkinson's & The Art of Moving Class
tulip
JCC East Bay - Berkeley Branch, 1414 Walnut St. John Argue [inquiry parkinsonsexercise.com], 510-985-2645
  • Mondays and Tuesdays 10:30am-12pm
  • Practice balance, coordination, stretching, loosening joints, breathing, walking, turning, and recovering from a fall
  • Led by John Argue, author of "Parkinson's & The Art of Moving"
  • $120/month
Berkeley
Parkinson's Yoga/Movement
tulip
JCC East Bay - Berkeley Branch - South Hall, 1414 Walnut St. Carol Fisher [namastecarol gmail.com], 925-566-4181

  • Wednesdays 10:30am-12pm
  • Practice balance, coordination, stretching, loosening joints, breathing, walking, turning, and recovering from a fall
  • Led by Carol Fisher, RYT (registered yoga teacher)
  • $60/month
Berkeley
Parkinson's Exercise
tulip
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. Berkeley Adult School, 510-644-6130

  • Thursdays 10-11:30am
  • Led by Jan Hetherington
  • $35/semester
Berkeley
PWR!Moves
tulip
The Yoga Room, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite D Murthy Jarugumill [murthy.yt gmail.com], instructor

 

  • Tuesdays 11am-12:15pm
  • For those with PD who are able to safely stand on own, bget up and down from a chair and from the floor unassisted
  • If space, care partners may attend
  • Based on PWR!
  • Starts August 2016
  • $15/class
Berkeley
Various Fitness Classes

Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP), 3075 Adeline St., Suite 155 India Harville [india borp.org], BORP, 510-849-4663 x 1319

 

Berkeley
Yoga for PD
tulip
The Yoga Room, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite D Gary Turchin [yoga pdactive.org], 510-220-8359. Advance registration required.

 

  • Wednesdays 1-2:26pm
  • For those with PD
  • Starts August 2016
  • Free
Berkeley
Yoga for People with Parkinson's
tulip

Adeline Yoga Studio, 3320 Adeline St. Adeline Yoga Studio for online registration (as of 9-5-13) or information [info adelineyogastudio.com], 510-982-1873

Information: Barbara Phillips [barbara adelineyogastudio.com], instructor, 510-499-5456

  • Thursdays 2-3:30pm (as of 9-5-13)
  • Maintain fluid motion, physical strength and flexibility
  • No previous yoga experience required
  • Led by Suzanne Drolet and Barbara Phillips
  • 5-class pass is $75 or $50 fixed income
  • Drop-in fee $17

Brentwood
Rock Steady Boxing for PD
tulip

Battle Fit, 161 Sand Creek Rd., Suite B Joseph Garcia [jimbigalow gmail.com], coach, 925-813-0382
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 11am-noon
  • Non-contact PD exercise program
  • Requires advance assessment, $25
  • $89/month for 2 classes per week (and unlimited gym time) or $25/class
El Cerrito
Various Classes
Mind Body Dojo, 7512 Fairmount Ave. Ernie Adams, GCFP [adams bodyinaction.com], 510-619-9223. Advance registration required.
  • Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • $14 or $16/class for drop-in
Emeryville
Dance Moves Me! For Parkinson's
tulip


Bridgecourt Room, 3990 Harlan St. Debbie Sternbach [fasn8n comcast.net], 510-653-8362. Prefer pre-registration with Emeryville Senior Center, 510-596-3730.
  • Fridays Noon-1:30pm
  • Incorporates PD movement programs such as PWR! Moves and Parkinson's Disease & The Art of Moving
  • Drop-ins accepted
  • Free with a $10-20/year membership to Emeryville Senior Center
Hayward
Gentle Movement for Active Aging
Kaiser Permanente, Sleepy Hollow Medical Offices, 27303 Sleepy Hollow Ave. Health Education, 510-784-4531 or 510-248-3455. Advance registration required. Room location given after registration.

  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wednesdays
  • Level 2 Class 9:45-10:45am
  • Level 1 (Beginning) Class 11am-Noon
  • Led by Cynthia Eaton
  • $37.50/month (3 classes)
Oakland
Aquatic Fitness Class for people with PD and MS
tulip
Bellevue Club, 525 Bellevue Ave. Kate Johnson [kfullerjohnson gmail.com], 510-891-0463
  • Fridays, 11:30am-12:30pm
  • A gentle aquatic and therapeutic fitness class
  • Space is limited
  • $15 per class
Oakland
Balance Class

Alta Bates Summit Physical, Sports and Hand Therapy Clinic, 5700 Telegraph Ave.

Physical, Sports and Hand Therapy Clinic, Information 510-204-1756
  • Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm
  • Drop in -- no need to RSVP
  • Learn or practice exercises to improve or maintain balance
  • $80 for 10 sessions, or $10/class. 1st visit is free.
Oakland
Dance for PD
tulip

Danspace, 473 Hudson St. PD Active [dance pdactive.org], 510-479-6119 to register. Advance registration required.
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:45am
  • Combines elements of modern dance, ballet, social dancing and improvisation to create an enjoyable experience
  • Presented in association with Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Open to all; no dance experience is necessary
  • Free
Oakland
Yoga for PD
tulip

You and the Mat, 3966 Piedmont Ave. PD Active [yoga pdactive.org], 510-220-8369 to be added to wait list. Advance registration required.
  • Mondays 2-3:15pm
  • Open to those with Parkinson’s Disease
  • Free
Walnut Creek
Boot Camp for Parkinson's Disease
tulip


Grace Presbyterian Church - Oak Room, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd. Carol Fisher [namastecarol gmail.com], 925-566-4181
  • Mondays 9:30-11:00am
  • Exercises to help handwriting, gait, walking, rigidity, balance, strength, coordination, and posture
  • Led by Carol Fisher, RYT (registered yoga teacher)
  • $15/class
Walnut Creek
Dance Moves Me! For Parkinson's
tulip


Congregation B'Nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way

Parking in lot

Debbie Sternbach [fasn8n comcast.net], 510-653-8362
  • Tuesdays 1-2:30pm
  • Incorporates PD movement programs such as PWR! Moves and Parkinson's Disease & The Art of Moving
  • $10/class. Care partners free.
Walnut Creek
Parkinson's Yoga/Movement
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Grace Presbyterian Church - Oak Room, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd.

Parking in lot

Carol Fisher [namastecarol gmail.com], 925-566-4181
  • Thursdays 9:30-10:45am for those who are still pretty mobile
  • Thursdays 11am-Noon for those using walkers or wheelchairs
  • Led by Carol Fisher, RYT (registered yoga teacher)
  • $60/month
NORTH BAY
City -
Class Name
Location Contact Description
Corte Madera
Yoga for Parkinson's
tulip
Yoga Center of Marin, 518 Tamalpais Dr. Yoga Center of Marin [info yogacenterofmarin.com], 415-927-1850

Stephanie Lawrence [slawrenc sonic.net], instructor, 707-486-3232

Mill Valley
Art of Moving for Parkinson's Disease
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Mill Valley Recreation Center - Terrace Lounge, 180 Camino Alto

Registration: Mill Valley Recreation Center, 415-383-1370. Advance registration required.

Information: Lynda Sheridan, instructor, Mill Valley Recreation Center

  • Fridays 10-11:30am
  • Emphasizes mindful movement to increase flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination
  • Developed by John Argue
  • Online registration
  • Starts late August 2016
  • $152 for 8-week class
Petaluma
Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson's
tulip
Martial Arts Petaluma, 822 Petaluma Blvd. N. Martial Arts Petaluma [mausapetaluma gmail.com], 707-769-4745
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 10:30am-noon
  • Non-contact boxing
  • Requires advance assessment (no fee)
  • Led by Scott Sinan and Ryan Markey
  • $99/month or $15/class
Petaluma
Therapeutic Movement & Song for Parkinson's
tulip
Petaluma Senior Center - in classroom, Lucchesi Park, 211 Novak Dr. Petaluma Senior Center, 707-778-4399
  • 1st and 3rd Fridays, 1-3pm
  • Seated or standing
  • Drop in -- no need to RSVP
  • Led by Diana Scranton
  • $5/class
San Rafael
Parkinson's Dance Project
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Marin Dance Theatre - St. Vincent's Auditorium, One St. Vincent Dr. Torri Campbell [torriacampbell yahoo.com], 415-819-2066
  • Every Tuesday, 1-2:30pm
  • Drop-in class
  • Appropriate for anyone with PD, regardless how advanced
  • No experience needed
  • Co-taught by two former professional dancers
  • Voluntary donations welcome
Santa Rosa
Dance for Parkinson's
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Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave. at Mendocino Nancy Wilson [wroseland earthlink.net], Parkinson's Support Group of Sonoma County, 707-942-4234
  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1:30-2:30pm
  • Creative movement class modeled on Dance for PD program by Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Refreshments after
  • $10 suggested donation
Santa Rosa
PD Exercise
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Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital - Neurological Rehabilitation Clinic, 1165 Montgomery Dr. Mandy Donson, 707-525-5388
  • Tuesdays or Thursdays 12-1pm (once per week)
  • Need physician's prescription
  • Space limited
  • Caregiver attendance encouraged
  • No cost
Santa Rosa
Rock Steady Boxing for PD
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CKS Martial Arts, 350 East St. Greg Hessig or Hector Solis [cks-hector hotmail.com], 707-540-0185. Advance registration required.

 

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 4:45-5:30pm, Saturdays 9-9:45am
  • Non-contact boxing
  • Requires advance assessment (no fee)
  • $75/month
Santa Rosa
Yoga for PD
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Yoga Center of Santa Rosa, 420 Mendocino Ave. Pam Field [yogamompam comcast.net], instructor,707-537-1949
  • Mondays 11am-noon
  • Drop-in class
  • $15/class drop-in or $78 for 6 weeks
Sebastopol
Balance Class
Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 N. High St. Emily Webster [emily sebastopolseniorcenter.org], Sebastopol Senior Center, 707-829-2440

Julie Smith, PT [julie everybodymoves.net], instructor, 707-829-1250

  • Wednesdays 3-4pm
  • Improve standing and walking balance by developing strength, flexibility, and spontaneous coordination
  • Seated or standing
  • Uses Feldenkrias Method
  • 8-week class
  • $8/class
St. Helena
PE-4-PD
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St. Helena Fitness, 930 Dowdell Ln. Joe Burger [jeburger99 gmail.com], Napa Young Onset PD Support Group Leader, 707-266-6156

Susan DeGregory [sbdegregory comcast.net], fitness expert, 707-696-3416

  • Wednesdays 1-2pm
  • Zumba-inspired movement to music focusing on left right coordination, balance (including work with balance balls), agility, and shadowboxing
  • Suggested donation $10
SANTA CRUZ AND MONTEREY
City -
Class Name
Location Contact Description
Monterey
Adaptive Physical Education

Monterey Peninsula College Instructor Mark Clements [mclements mpc.edu], 831-645-1349
  • Classes for those with verified physical disability
  • Usually two classes are offered each semester
Monterey
Pilates for Parkinson's
tulip

Pilates Monterey, 533 Hartnell St. Peninsula Pilates Project, 831-521-4288
  • Mondays and Wednesdays 1-1:45pm
  • 4-week sessions
  • Pre-registration required due to limited class size
  • Free
Santa Cruz
Dance for PD
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Motion Pacific, 131 Front St., Suite E Motion Pacific, 831-457-1616
  • Wednesdays 1-2:15pm, except the first Wednesday
  • Appropriate for anyone with PD. No dance experience needed.
  • Pre-registration required due to limited class size
  • Led by professional dancers, with live musical accompaniment
  • Based on Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD
  • Free
Santa Cruz
Exercise for People Living with PD
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Dominican Hospital Rehabilitation Campus, 610 Frederick St. Registration 831-462-7709

Information: Instructor Leah Santos [leah.santos dignityhealth.org]

  • Tuesdays 10-11am or Thursdays 10-11am
  • 10-week class includes education, stretching, aerobic exercise, strength training, balance, and functional mobility
  • Taught by physical therapists
  • $50 for 10-week class series (once per week)
CENTRAL VALLEY
City -
Class Name
Location Contact Description
Davis
Dance for Parkinson's
tulip

Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place Ruth Rosenberg [rrosenberg ucdavis.edu], Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, 530-752-6113
  • Tuesdays 2-3:15pm
  • Appropriate for anyone with PD. No dance experience needed.
  • Pre-registration required due to limited class size
  • Led by experienced dance instructors with training from Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD
  • Free
Davis
Parkinson's Tandem Bicycling Program
tulip

Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave. Bike reservations: Davis Athletic Club, 530-753-5282.

Information: Madeleine Kenefick [madeleine.kenefick gmail.com], Davis resident, or Jan Robinson, Davis Athletic Club, 530-753-5282

  • One hour, any day
  • Pairs people with PD (riding at rear) with tandem cyclists (riding in front)
  • Based on Cleveland Clinic tandem study
  • Ride with a partner or friend, or volunteer captain can be arranged with advance notice
  • Ongoing program. Start anytime. Goal: 3 times/ week, 8 weeks. Reserve bike in advance.
  • Free. Davis Athletic Club membership not required.
Fresno
Twist & Shout
tulip

Fresno Dance Studio 65, 2977 N. Maroa Ave. Kathy Page [fresnotango gmail.com], Fresno Dance Studio 65, 559-240-3200. Advance registration required.

  • Mondays (except major holidays), 11am-noon
  • For people with PD and their care circle
  • Seated or standing
  • Based on Dance for PD
  • Pay what you want
Fresno
Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson's
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UFC Gym, 1504 E. Champlain Dr., Unit 101

John Bowers [centralcal rsbaffiliate.com], Fresno Rock Steady Boxing, 559-392-8842. Advance registration required.

 

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-2pm
  • Non-contact boxing
  • No experience required
  • TV news story
  • $?/class
Merced
Dance for Parkinson's
tulip

Merced Academy of Dance - Studio 2, 645 West Main St., 3rd Floor Merced Academy of Dance [mercedacademyofdance gmail.com], 209-388-1888
  • Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30pm
  • No dance experience needed
  • Drop-in
  • $10/class for people with PD. Free for care partners.
Rocklin
Yoga for Parkinson's
tulip

Rocklin location

Marsha Kilian [marshakilian me.com], RYT, instructor, 916-295-4047. Advance registration required.

 

  • Thursdays 1-2pm
  • $25/class
Roseville
Parkinson Wise Exercise
tulip

Roseville Health and Wellness Center, 1650 Lead Hill B.vd.

Lisa Schetter [lisaschetter hotmail.com], instructor, Roseville Health and Wellness Center,916-677-1200. Advance registration required.

 

  • Mondays 1-2pm, Tuesdays 11am-noon, Wednesdays 1-2pm, and Thursdays 11am-noon
  • Focuses on aerobic exercise, trunk rotation, balance and preparatory adjustment, and strength conditioning
  • Advance one-on-one evaluation ($68) required
  • $20/class for drop-in, $100 for 6-class card
Roseville
Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson's
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No Excuses Training, 309 Lincoln St.

Christine Epperson [christine noexcuses.training], Roseville Rock Steady Boxing, 916-899-1489. Advance registration required.

 

  • Mondays to Fridays, two or three classes per day - See schedule
  • Non-contact boxing
  • No experience required
  • Led by certified fitness trainer
  • TV news story
  • $25/class
Sacramento
Dance for Parkinson's
tulip

Eskaton Monroe Lodge, 3225 Freeport Blvd. Ruth Rosenberg [rrosenberg ucdavis.edu], Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, 530-752-6113
  • Wednesdays, 1-2:15pm
  • Appropriate for anyone with PD. No dance experience needed.
  • Pre-registration required due to limited class size
  • Led by experienced dance instructors with training from Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD
  • Free
Sacramento
Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson's
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Capital Strength & Performance, 1809 23rd St.

Melissa Tafoya [sacramento rsbaffiliate.com], Sacramento Rock Steady Boxing, 916-205-0077. Advance registration required.

 

  • Beginner/Intermediate: Wednesdays and Fridays, 2-3:30pm
  • Intermediate/Advanced: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11:30am
  • All levels: Sundays, 2-3:30pm
  • Assessment required (free)
  • Non-contact boxing
  • No experience required
  • $100/month
  • No drop-ins

Sacramento
Various exercise classes

Ethel Macleod Hart Senior Center, 915 27th St. Ethel Macleod Hart Senior Center, 916-808-5462.Simple form must be completed in advance.
  • Monday to Friday
  • Classes include Chair Yoga, Strengh and Balance, Tai Chi
  • Cost varies: $23 to $30 for 5 classes

Sacramento
Various yoga classes

Sacramento Yoga Center, 2791 24th St., Room 6 Sacramento Yoga Center, 916-808-5462.Simple form must be completed in advance.
  • Monday to Friday
  • Classes include Gentle Yoga, Gentle Vinyasa, and Healthy Aging
  • $10 or $15/class if drop-in

 

This list was created in late 2012 by Robin Riddle and Steven Russell with Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach. Last updated in August 2016.

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