About Heal Yoga and Cancer Classes
Yoga and Cancer classes are different from regular yoga classes you would typically find at your local studio. They are even different from classes that are called "gentle” or “restorative.” Yoga and Cancer was specifically designed to provide therapeutic benefits to cancer patients and survivors in a relaxed and supportive environment. Specific movements and postures along with mindful breathing and meditation techniques help manage stress and support the immune system. Yoga and Cancer will help you build strength, improve flexibility and range of motion and support the health of the cardiac and lymphatic systems. Yoga and Cancer is a place to be able to practice yoga with others who have cancer stories. Our yoga will help with physical issues in the body, reduce stress and anxiety and reconnect you to your self. Being in community with others expands the ability to feel support.
Commonly Asked Questions about Yoga and Cancer Classes
What is a ‘Yoga and Cancer’ Class?
It is a 50-60 minute series of gentle yoga postures combined with healing breath work designed to address the specific physical and emotional needs of a cancer patient or survivor. The focus is on building strength, stimulating the lymphatic system, improving flexibility and balance, reducing anxiety and relaxing in a supportive environment. In this hour we seek to connect the mind, body, breath and heart thereby achieving a sense of peace, well-being and wholeness.
No yoga experience is required.
Where are Yoga and Cancer classes located?
Classes are offered throughout the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine area at yoga studios and wellness centers. See the ‘Classes’ page for studio locations.
What makes it different from other yoga classes?
This is a gentle class with mindful transitions between poses. Modifications are offered for every pose and each person is encouraged to work within their energy and ability level. Instructors are qualified to teach yoga in a way to address specific side effects, energy levels and emotional states so participants can feel better. Supportive props are used such as bolsters, blankets, blocks, the wall and chairs so that the yoga is accessible for everyone.
Why should I do yoga? How can it help?
Numerous studies and science show that exercise, including yoga, helps alleviate side effects caused by cancer treatments. In yoga, linking movement with breath increases the flow of energy throughout the body that promotes healing. Yoga can help you:
● Strengthen muscle and bone
● Improve joint range of motion
● Strengthen immune system
● Improve circulation and pulmonary function
● Combat fatigue
● Relieve stress, increase emotional balance, and improve feelings of empowerment
What should I bring?
Just yourself and something to drink. Water is perfect. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move. Dressing in layers is often a good idea. All props such as blankets, bolsters and blocks are provided as well as chairs if needed. Please bring your yoga mat if you have one but the studio has everything you will need.
Do I need to pre-register?
There is no need to pre-register for a class. Please arrive to your first class 15 minutes early to meet your instructor and fill out a short studio waiver. Your instructor will also want to speak with you about your cancer and your particular interest in the class so your specific needs can be addressed.
How many classes can I attend?
You may attend as few or as many classes as you wish at one or more locations.