As a Yoga Therapist I have been Teaching Yoga at the Chris O Brien Lifehouse for 2 years. The Chris O Brien Lifehouse in Camperdown has a unique Integrative Medicine Centre within the hospital known as the Livingroom. The Livingroom offers a range of Complementary Therapies including Yoga classes.
My yoga classes are gentle and adapted for the individuals needs. Moving slowly and mindfully and regulating the breath triggers the relaxation response and the well-known benefits of yoga are the result.
So what are the benefits of yoga for people living with Cancer? I will briefly discuss a few in this blog but for more information you can read up on latest research at the following websites.
Apart from the research and the benefits listed below Yoga is an enjoyable and addictive way to improve your mental and physical health at any stage of your Cancer Journey
Yoga strengthens the immune system
A healthy immune system supports the body to fight cancer cells. There are many recent studies showing that Yoga and Meditation boost immunity; for example A 2013 study found that regular yoga and meditation assisted in circulating cancer fighting immune cells in those who practiced regularly.
Yoga Increases Lymphatic Flow
The movements and breathing practices in yoga pump the muscles and lymphatic system assisting with the flow of lymph and detoxification process.
Regular Yoga practice assists with the management of fatigue. Several recent studies published in major Oncology journals in the last few years have demonstrated the significant reduction in fatigue that occurs with yoga practices.
Yoga reduces feeling of stress and anxiety and promotes a positive emotional state. Ask anyone who practices yoga regularly and they will tell you this. The mood boosts are no different for those coming to yoga that is dealing the barrage of daily stressors that cancer diagnosis and treatment bring.
Here is what one of my regular yoga students says about her experience with Yoga
When I first started yoga, I could barely move; I had absolutely no strength and I fell asleep instantly during the relaxation session. After six weeks, the nausea gradually became less severe and less persistent. I started a twice-weekly reconditioning rehabilitation program to help get my strength and fitness back and as I became fitter, my ability at yoga improved and I enjoyed it more and more. The stretching and focus on movement felt, and still feels, so good. The practice is calming and relaxing and the pace of the exercises is so appropriate to what I need. I look forward to my class every week and try very hard not to miss a lesson.” Yoga classes are open to anyone undergoing current treatment for cancer or post treatment.
My yoga classes at Chris O Brien are open to anyone at any stage of their cancer journey.
Tuesday 4-5 Gentle / Beginners Yoga
Friday 11:30-12:45 Yoga
Feel free to ring me to chat about my classes.