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Yoga for Cancer

Yoga for Cancer

 “Cancer steals your breath. Yoga gives it back.™” – Tari Prinster

Yoga for Cancer is a research-based specialized yoga methodology addressing the specific physical and emotional needs left by cancer and its treatments. This method is gentle and restorative and focuses on movement and breath and the special needs of current cancer patients and survivors. Trained teachers adapt this valuable methodology to all cancer types and stages.

Yoga for Cancer at the J

Virtual: Fridays at 11:30am-12:45pm taught by Emily Elizabeth Steinberg
This virtual class builds community and creates a safe space from the comfort and privacy of your home. Incorporates additional breathwork, mindfulness meditation and visualization practices alongside the gentle and restorative poses and practices.

In-Person: Thursdays at 4-5:15pm taught by Stacia Hanna (Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur)
This in-person class builds community and creates a safe space while being together with other class participants. In addition to focusing on movement and breath, provides hands-on instructional opportunities to modify the gentle and restorative poses to accommodate individual needs.

Class Details:

  • Classes are 75 minutes
  • Attend virtually or in-person depending on your needs each week; reservations required

Session Cost:
Free for J members.
Non-members can participate for no cost for 10 weeks. After 10 weeks, session cost is $75 (or participants can apply for a subsidy from Sharsheret national).

*To learn more about the financial subsidy or to participate as a non-member, contact Debbi Braunstein, 314-442-3266. Non-member subsidy can cover the cost for up to one year.

Instructors hold the following: E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher); y4c (yoga4cancer) Trainer Teacher.

Emily Elizabeth Steinberg

Stacia Hanna

The importance of having a y4c trained instructor:

  • Yoga for Cancer training equips teachers with the knowledge, skills, and resources required to safely and effectively work with cancer patients and survivors.
  • A trained Yoga for Cancer instructor can not only help cancer patients and survivors manage symptoms and side effects, but can also help them lead longer, healthier lives.
  • Classes adapt poses and practices to address common side effects and meets the needs of each individual.
  • Yoga for Cancer instructors are trained to be aware of, and understand, the cautions/risks in generic yoga styles.
  • Encourage students to take an active role in their recovery and long-term health.

“It’s a time that I connect with fellow survivors and enjoy the breath and flow of yoga.” – Teresa P. participant

Benefits of Yoga for Cancer:

  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • Improved balance and mobility
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Improved sense of well-being
  • Potential path to a longer, healthier life


For more information about Yoga for Cancer, please contact:
please contact Debbi Braunstein, 314-442-3266.

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