All members including people living with cancer, family members and significant caregivers.
This gentle class offers a calm meditative pace with some pose changes and deep breathing for relaxation. The aim is to accommodate all levels and enhance flexibility, strength, mobility, balance and tranquility.
“This class is very pleasant and calming. I liked the ability to stay in the moment.”
“I enjoyed the relaxation and beauty of movement, unique movements and individualized creativity.”
Benefits and Impact
This program promotes greater ease and well-being in mind and body by equipping participants with the skills and confidence to engage their inner resources and gain mastery over daily stresses and challenges.
What to Expect at a Session
Following a short centering meditation, participants move and stretch while lying on the floor, sitting in chairs or standing. Each class offers a different series of movements. Breath awareness exercises are incorporated throughout the class.
What the Research Says
Based on results of a 2009 study, overall stress was significantly reduced in cancer outpatients following a six-week yoga nidra mediation program (Pritchard, M., Elison-Bowers, P., Birdsall, B. 2009. Stress and Health, 26(3): 233-237.
Yoga is cited as yielding modest improvements on sleep quality, mood, stress, cancerrelated distress, cancer-related symptoms, and overall quality of life for cancer patients and survivors with significant potential in reducing cancer-related stress and symptoms (Bower J.E., Woolery A., Sternlieb B., Garet D. 2005. Yoga for cancer patients and survivors. Cancer Control 12(3): 165-71. Culos-Reed S.N., Carlson L.E., Daroux L.M., Hately- Aldous S. 2006. A pilot study of yoga for breast cancer survivors: physical and psychological benefits. Psychooncology 15(10): 891-7). Yoga breathing is a feasible intervention among cancer patients which may improve sleep disturbance, anxiety and mental quality of life (Dhruva A et al., 2012). FOR