Yoga and Cancer
Yoga for Cancer - How can Yoga help?
Yoga is an integrated and holistic system for helping us to bring about balance – or to restore balance – on all levels: body, mind, energy, heart, and spirit. When a serious illness, chronic pain, or other life change has disturbed this balance, a regular practice of yoga can help in a number of ways:
Gentle physical postures – help increase energy levels, improve functioning of internal organs and bodily systems, and to remove toxic waste
Breathwork – helps improve breathing, which in turn helps release tension, and soothes the nervous system
Relaxation – calms the nervous system and helps reverse the effects of stress
Meditation – helps to manage fear and anxiety, and to develop an ability to come to terms with the experiences of life.
What are yoga for cancer classes like?
The core practices we focus on are simple, effective and profound. There are essentially three components to a holistic yoga session: body work, breath work, and some sort of quieter practice such as a relaxation or meditation practice (you could think of this as "mind work") to finish.
The aim of the classes is to provide a safe and welcoming space and to offer techniques which help us to acknowledge and accept things as they are, and so to be free to live life fully and consciously in the present.
I have found working with people at the end of life to be extraordinarily humbling and rewarding. At the heart of it all, yoga invites us to live this life with awareness, and helps us develop the skills to do just that.
I offer individual yoga for cancer classes, and these can take place in your home, at a hospice, or from my beautiful yoga studio in Stroud.
"I have enormous respect for your work and the integrity and humour you bring to it. Likewise what you have brought to my inner world at home has been invaluable." Lucy
"Lucy really valued your work and the support you offered her during her illness and before. It was a really important part of her journey and supported her on many levels." Lucy's husband.
Contact me for more details or to book a session.