Yoga

RestorativeYogaNov2017The benefits of a regular yoga practice are vast.  Specific to those dealing with cancer, clinical evidence has shown that yoga practices can help relieve pain, fatigue, and sleep disruptions that have developed due to the diagnosis or the treatment itself.

Some additional benefits of Yoga are:

  • Detoxifies and strengthens the body
  • Increases range of motion and flexibility
  • Keeps the spine strong
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Manages weight gain, fear and anxiety
  • Enhances body image, empowerment and wellbeing

Yoga4Cancer, developed by Tari Prinster, a cancer survivor and master yoga teacher, is a specialized yoga methodology that is tailored to address the specific physical and emotional needs left by cancer & its treatments. This unique approach focuses on how to stimulate the immune system through movement, improve flexibility & strength, along with reducing anxiety and boosting overall well-being.

At Into The Flow we are utilizing this methodology in our Yoga classes, in conjunction with mindfulness and meditation practices.  Our intention is to address the wholistic needs of the individual, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, in order to foster a balanced state of wellbeing.

Any-body and every-body are welcome to these classes, whether you are newly diagnosed, receiving treatment or in remission.  No prior yoga experience is necessary.  We meet you where you are in mind and body and guide you towards balance.

Should you have had recent surgery or have other health condition(s) presenting that impact your ability to safely engage in physical exercise, please have a Doctor’s consent prior to attending your first class.

To view upcoming sessions, click here


To learn more about how yoga can benefit you, here are some recommended resources:

ARTICLES

Canadian Cancer Society: Yoga as a Complementary Therapy for Cancer Patients

The College of Family Physicians of Canada: Effects of Yoga on Patients With Cancer

Creative Transformations: Rebuilding Self-Confidence Following a Cancer Diagnosis

The Guardian: Yoga to Combat Pain and Fatigue in Cancer Patients

YogaUOnline: How Yoga Helps Cancer Patients and Survivors


SITES

Cure Magazine

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (US Site, however extremely informative)

Dana Farber Cancer Centre: Experts Speak on Survivorship Topics

Looking Good With Cancer: Tips For Looking Your Best

Stand Up To Cancer


BOOKS

Yoga

Yoga for Cancer, A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors, by Tari Prinster

Yoga and Breast Cancer, by Ingrid Kollak & Isabell Utz-Billing

Yoga for Pain Relief: Simple Practices to Calm Your Mind and Heal Your Chronic Pain, by Kelly McGonigal and Timothy McCall

Yoga and Breast Cancer, a Journey to Health and Healing, by Ingrid Kollak & Isabell Utz-Billing

Living Your Yoga, by Judith Hanson Lasater

 

Spiritual Health and Mind/Body Connection

The Healing Circle, Integrating science, Wisdom and Compassion in Reclaiming Wholeness on the Cancer Journey, by Rutledge/Walker

The Resilient Spirit,Transforming Suffering into Insight and Renewal, by Polly Young-Eisendrath, PH.D

Living Your Yoga, Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life, by Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D

Full Catastrophe Living, Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Breathing Book, by Donna Farhi

Go In and In, Poems from the Heart of Yoga, by Danna Faulds

My Grandfather’s Blessings, by Rachel Naome Remen, MD

The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

Zen Cancer Wisdom, by Suzanne Friedman

The Great Work of Your Life, by Stephen Cope

The body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.