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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

Thursdays at 4-5:15pm at the Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur, Mind & Body Studio
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:

Session Cost:
Free for J members.
Non-members can participate for no cost for 10 weeks. After 10 weeks, a session for non-members costs $75 for the subsequent 10 weeks.

*To learn more or to participate as a non-member, contact Debbi Braunstein, 314-442-3266.

Instructors

Stacia Hanna

Clare Richardson

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

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

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What is the Hamsa Wellness Community?

The Hamsa Wellness Community (formerly known as Sharsharet Supprts STL) is a cancer community program at the J and a community partner of the national nonprofit Sharsheret organization. The Hamsa Wellness Community educates individuals regarding hereditary cancer risks, especially women and men of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, who have an increased risk of carrying a hereditary cancer gene mutation. The Hamsa Wellness Community also supports those facing a cancer diagnosis – especially those with breast and ovarian cancer – anywhere along their journey.

In partnership with the J’s Fitness team, the Hamsa Wellness Community offers programs like Yoga for Cancer, Strength Over Cancer, and Oncology Massage led by oncology-trained instructors and therapists. The Hamsa Wellness Community welcomes the full spectrum of diversity and supports all who reach out. These programs are available to J members and the public.

The Hamsa Wellness Community is founded on five pillars: Connection, Hope, Educations, Strength, and Support. These pillars focus on the care of the whole person and provide those dealing with cancer diagnosis a community during what is often an extremely challenging time.

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Reach out to our Hamsa Wellness Community by filling out this form or contact Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266, for more information and resources.

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