Yoga & Cancer
I am very excited to be certified to teach yoga to survivors of Cancer. The Yoga4Cancer (Y4C) training is a specialized yoga methodology that is tailored to address the specific physical and emotional needs that a person undergoing cancer treatment experiences. The Yoga for Cancer training was developed by Ms. Tari Prinster.
According to the CDC, at least 1 in 8 women will get diagnosed with breast cancer. When a person is diagnosed with cancer, it can take their breath away, cause extreme stress, and anxiety. Also, recovering from cancer treatment can be a very difficult experience, both physically and psychologically.
Yoga can help people diagnosed with cancer learn how to manage their breath, take control of their condition, and manage their stress levels while seeking treatment. Exercise and yoga can be very therapeutic for anyone undergoing treatment for cancer. Take a look at some of the evidence-based research that supports a yoga practice for people undergoing cancer treatment or survivors of cancer.
Evidence-Based Links to Support The Health Benefits of Yoga For Cancer Survivors
Yoga Interventions for Cancer Patients
This white paper is a robust review of new research on the benefits of yoga for cancer patients and survivors. The research explores how yoga can help manage the short- and long-term side effects faced by most cancer survivors. It was developed by a team of medical writers, oncologists, researchers and the Yoga4Cancer team.
The research provided in this white paper is an initial guide to healthcare professionals on how to include a yoga intervention in their institution. The Yoga4Cancer team secured funding for this important research in hopes the document is circulated and put in the hands of every doctor, nurse, caregiver, hospital administrator, yoga professional and cancer survivor.
You can download the white paper here, Yoga Interventions for Cancer Patients and Survivors
A plant-based diet is associated with so many health benefits. Some of the health advantages of a plant-based diet include reducing the risk of multiple chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, breast and colon cancers. If you have never tried a plant-based diet, it may seem intimidating or even impossible. That’s why I really like the Let’s Beat Breast Cancer Cookbook, which includes some easy to make and really doable recipes to help boost your immune system. When you're getting treatment for cancer, you really want to ensure you are not consuming foods that have unwanted hormones, antibiotics, steroids, and foods that can cause inflammation.
Dr. Kristi Funk, a well-known breast cancer surgeon is one of the contributors for this great resource. You can download your own copy of the Let’s Beat Breast Cancer Cookbook, by visiting the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine website and complete the short form to take the four-pronged pledge to beat breast cancer.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (2019, October). Let’s Beat Breast Cancer A 4-Prongred Approach. Retrieved from: https://www.pcrm.org/letsbeatbreastcancer?utm_source=web&utm_medium=van_dom&utm_campaign=LBBC