Yoga for Those Touched by a Cancer Diagnosis

woman doing yoga laying downGoing through a cancer diagnosis and treatment can cause changes to your body and how you see yourself. Yoga is a great way to get to become familiar with these changes and adjust to the new you. The practice of yoga is ancient tradition of body poses, breathing techniques and meditation. There are many styles of yoga and research is just starting to identify which techniques benefit specific diagnoses and symptoms.

Some of the benefits of yoga are:

  • Increased strength, flexibility and balance
  • Improved mood, resilience and quality of life
  • Positive identification with physical changes
  • Weight management
  • Improved sleep

Cancer patients may have residual symptoms well into survivorship. Your instructor will modify the practice with sensitivity to what you are experiencing, including:

  • Range of motion limitations
  • Lymphedema
  • Neuropathy
  • Fatigue
  • Pain

The yoga classes at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute provide a friendly environment where all participants have been touched by cancer. A 1-hour yoga class is a great way to meet part of the American Cancer Society guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week.

Can’t make an HFCI class? Check out free yoga classes at yogabydesignfoundation.org.

Henry Ford Cancer Institute Yoga Classes

Find a yoga class especially for cancer patients, post-treatment survivors and caregivers. Classes are offered at multiple locations.

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