The issue of mobility has important implications for falls in PD. Yoga participation can improve functional mobility and how a person with PD walks. Standing yoga poses target the hip extensor, knee extensor and ankle plantar flexor, which support centre-of-mass during walking and may improve overall stability.
Balance training is an important component of any PD therapy. Research shows yoga-related improvements in balance (tandem, one-leg) and an associated reduction in fear of falling; this can also help keep people with PD active in their community for longer.