Yoga Session

Y4C

(YOGA4CANCER)

For cancer patients and survivors. Further your recovery and feel restored in this community class led by a certified y4c teacher trained to address your specific needs. Build strength and flexibility safely; stimulate your immune system; build bone density; detox the body and manage side effects of treatments; improve sleep and reduce anxiety; feel empowered and more in control of your overall wellbeing; meet other survivors in a warm and supportive environment.

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Yoga for Patients, Survivors, and Caregivers

Yoga for Cancer invites cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers to try yoga as a way to support the mind, body and spirit during and after treatment. This free/donation-based class is open to students at all levels, from first time beginners to advanced practitioners, and is a comprehensive and therapeutic yoga practice.

Yoga is an ancient practice of linking breathing to movement to create an overall sense of well-being and balance. Yoga can be practiced by people of all ages in any physical condition. One of the oldest known mind-body practices, yoga dates back 5,000 years originating in India. It has been reported that yoga promotes relaxation and has been shown to lower stress, anxiety and fatigue.

 Now:Yoga

61 4th Avenue, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10003

Free/donation-based weekly

open class, currently on Zoom

Saturdays 11:00—12:10 pm

Mount Sinai - Dubin Breast Cancer Center

1176 5th Avenue,

New York, NY 10029

If you are a patient at Dubin or Mount Sinai, please contact Kelly Hogan for more info.

(These classes are not open to the public.)

Tuesdays 5:30—6:30 pm

Yoga at Home
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THE BENEFITS
OF YOGA

A basic principle of yoga is to cultivate self-awareness by balancing body, mind and spirit and never pushing beyond one's limits. With regular practice, yoga's benefits for cancer patients and survivors include:

  • A sense of well-being

  • Incorporation of relaxation and stress-reducing techniques into everyday life

  • Reduction of fatigue

  • Relief from anxiety

WHAT IS ONCOLOGY YOGA?

Yoga4cancer (or y4c) is an evidence-informed oncology yoga method tailored to address the specific physical and emotional needs left by the cancer and cancer treatments. The approach matches breath and movement to stimulate the immune system, improve flexibility & strength, reduce anxiety and boost overall well-being. Based on the latest research and recommendations, we mitigate the short and long term side effects that cancer patients and survivors face like bone loss, lymphedema, scar tissue, constipation, neuropathy, fatigue, anxiety and many more.

Oncology yoga is designed to help cancer survivors achieve the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services exercise recommendation of between 150 – 320 minutes of exercise per week to speed recovery or defend against cancer reoccurrence.

LIFE isn't about waiting for the storm to pass,

LIFE isn't about waiting for the storm to pass,

it's about learning to
DANCE in the rain.

it's about learning to
DANCE in the rain.

What is a
Y4C (yoga for cancer) class?

A Y4C class is tailored to address the specific needs of cancer patients and survivors in safe and effective intervention. Each session will:​

build strength and flexibility

strenghten the immune system and the lymphatic function

improve sleep and reduce anxiety

reduce cancer related fatigue

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encourage survivors to participate in their wellness plan

help manage common side effects like lymphedema, constipation, and neuropathy

increase bone density

Yoga Stretches

ONCOLOGISTS RECOMMEND YOGA...

The body of evidence on therapeutic effects of yoga interventions for cancer patients and survivors is robust and growing. Ample research suggests yoga interventions increase strength and flexibility; improve balance and mobility; lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels; support healthy body weight; improve psychological well-being; lessen fatigue; improve sleep; reduce anxiety and stress; improve quality of life; and enhance the immune system. These effects have been explored in both healthy populations and among people with a variety of diseases and disorders including chronic pain, arthritis, heart conditions, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, depression, anxiety, addictions, and cancers.

Oncologist and cancer organizations are recommending yoga and exercise as part of a cancer survivors recovery and management plan. Both the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends between to 150 – 320 minutes of exercise per week to speed recovery or defend against cancer occurrence and reoccurrence. Therefore, more and more cancer survivors are seeking active, informed yoga classes to gain both the physical and emotional benefits of yoga. But, not all yoga is the same and cancer survivors needs are different - Y4C yoga provides safe and effective support.