Healing yoga for cancer patients, their friends and family

March 16, 2011

A Healing Yoga class for people recovering from cancer, and those who support a loved one will be available on Wednesdays from April 6 to May 11 at 30 Hope Drive, room 1710 A-B, on the campus of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The class uses powerful techniques of Kundalini Yoga to increase vitality and help with deep relaxation. Scientific research suggests that yoga can help reduce the effects of stress, improve sleep, lower blood pressure, assist the immune system, relieve anxiety and depression, and help people find meaning and hope -- all of which are important for recovery.

As a complement to medical care, this class integrates body, mind and spirit. Gentle movements, breathing techniques and healing meditations will help participants feel safe in their body again. Practicing yoga and meditation in a group develops and supports feelings of connection and emotional well-being. Interested family members or friends are encouraged to join this class. No prior yoga experience is needed.

The six-week session costs $100 and includes a private session with the instructor to assess special needs. Patients who recently had surgery or are getting radiation or chemotherapy must receive written clearance from their health care provider.

The program is hosted by Penn State Hershey University Fitness Center, Penn State Hershey Breast Center, and Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.

For more information and to register, go to http://pennstatehershey.org/ufc or call 717-531-7075.

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Last Updated March 17, 2011