If you have been diagnosed with cancer and are either currently in treatment or a longtime survivor, Yoga for Cancer Care can decrease suffering and help you live more comfortably in your body.
Being a cancer patient can turn your world upside down. Physical, emotional and spiritual suffering is common. The many appointments and treatments can be stressful, painful, traumatizing and annoying. A person’s body is different after cancer treatment and Yoga for Cancer Care appreciates the changes and side effects from treatment and works to create more balance, range of motion and strength. Yoga for Cancer Care can help those with cancer, in any stage of treatment or recovery, to feel more embodied, calm, whole and healthy. Yoga for Cancer Care can help you heal and develop a sense of well-being.
Yoga for Cancer Care is gentler, in general, than most yoga classes and is customized to the needs of the student. This program is supportive of the individual and uses different techniques to work with the whole person. You can join a group class or Cary can work with you privately in your location or her studio.
“I love doing yoga with Cary. After class I have great energy for the rest of my day and yoga has helped me to connect more with my breath” ~ Janet J, cancer survivor
“I really like the way Cary teaches. I’ve injured myself trying to return to regular exercise classes. Taking her class has really lessened my anxiety about exercise and has allowed me to rebuild muscle strength, range of motion and balance.” ~C.M., Breast cancer survivor
Benefits of Yoga for Cancer Care:
- help manage stress and anxiety
- improve sleep and energy
- decrease side effects from chemotherapy, radiation and surgery
- help prevent or work through scar tissue, improve range of motion
- improve strength and muscle fitness
- provide treatment for lymphedema and peripheral neuropathy
- improve immune function
- improve breathing, digestion, elimination, circulation and joint health
- provide a sense of embodiment and well-being
Cary has a masters degree in Cancer Biology from Stanford University and a bachelors degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Colorado. She enjoyed a 25+ year career in pharmaceutical research including treatments for breast cancer and AIDS. Cary is a certified Yoga for Survivors® teacher.
Requirements before participating in a Yoga for Cancer Care class:
- you must be able to move independently (if not able, then a 1 on 1 session is best)
- all surgical incisions must be healed
- platelet count must be at least 20,000
- please complete and submit the health questionnaire to Cary before your first class
[My group class is at the YMCA of Boulder Valley, at the Mapleton facility, Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:45 in the Mind, Body, Spirit room. Class is free for YMCA members and Silver Sneakers, $12 for drop-in. Contact Elizabeth Baker at the YMCA to inquire about sliding scale fees or scholarships. Discounts also apply if your company is a member of the Y. On-site child care is also available. The health questionnaire form is available at the front desk.]
Cary is also available for in-hospital visits. There are many yoga postures and movements that can be done in bed. Guided meditations are also excellent for reducing pain, managing anxiety and feeling more embodied while hospitalized.