A Student's Experience

For me, cancer came first.  Upon diagnosis, I was given a 25% chance of surviving 5 years. During those 5 years I’ve had chemotherapy twice, been bald twice and had my share of ER visits.  During a month long hospital stay, once I could finally walk after surgery, the farthest I could make it was to the end of my bed. 

My introduction to yoga was a beginner’s class.  But it was too physically demanding for me. Then, about one year later, I saw an ad for Yoga and Cancer.  I immediately fell in love with the class.  It focused on mobility, stretching and strengthening.  But, I learned so much more. After much self-imposed resistance, I learned to:  accept my new physical limitations; honor my breath and body; and calm my frantic mind.  Slowly, I‘m learning to put it all together. Overall, I’m in a much better place within myself.

I owe all this, in large part, to my instructor.  Her methods allow each student to fully express their potential while respecting any physical limitations.  She helps maximize wellness at a time when wellness is so very much needed.  Personally, her constant support of where I am along my journey, as well as her gentle nudges to grow, have allowed me a nurturing environment in which my yoga practice can mature.

My yoga journey, to include the acceptance and lasting friendships of fellow students, has filled my heart.  I’m not sure if I would have found yoga without experiencing cancer, but I know that yoga has deepened and enriched my relationship to self as well as to the cancer experience.