Yoga can be a powerful, healing companion throughout the cancer journey. A regular yoga practice can increase flexibility, strength, and balance in the mind and body for those who have been deconditioned by cancer and its treatments. In many medically published studies, cancer patients who regularly participated in a therapeutic yoga practice reported less anxiety and depression, lessened fatigue, improved physical strength and flexibility, improved sleep and mental clarity. It can also help ease feelings of distress, improve mood, and help to reclaim a sense of calm. One of the most valuable elements of these classes is the kindship and friendship that is gained, which can become a cherished benefit of a community of yoga practitioners.
This class is beneficial for people in recovery from or living with cancer and auto-immune disorders such as: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, MS, and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also supportive for those healing from structural challenges such as chronic back, neck pain or joint restrictions. The group atmosphere offers a friendly and communal space to re-integrate body and soul, and provides a safe way to begin moving. Students leave class feeling empowered by learning new ways to alleviate their own pain and tension, while finding a greater sense of peace of mind. Contact Michele for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blueprints of Hope invites you to practice Yoga for Healing, which is focused on hatha and restorative yoga. This class is gentle enough for all levels of fitness. Before beginning any exercise program, it is important to talk to your oncology team to make sure it’s safe. Start slowly and progress slowly, and let your yoga teacher know if you are dealing with any physical issues. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Classes are held at The Smiley Building, on Tuesdays from 4-5:15 pm.
First Floor, Room 10
1309 E. 3rd Avenue
Durango, CO 81301
Michele Lawrence ERYT 500, C-IAYT
Michele has been teaching yoga for since 2005, and has studied various yoga styles, yet is most drawn to the teaching and practice of Yoga Therapy. She leads retreats, teaches private yoga therapy sessions, and a variety of classes including Yoga for Healing. She is past owner of YogaDurango, and is also the founder and director of Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, an IAYT-accredited 800-hour yoga therapy certification program.
Blueprints of Hope believes that every person who is facing a cancer diagnosis should have equal access to integrative and complementary resources that have the tendency to promote healing. Through a generous grant from the La Plata Electric Association Round Up Foundation, we are pleased to offer scholarships for Yoga for Healing classes for the people we serve. Call 970/403-3711 for more information.
Agarwal, R. P., & Maroko-Afek, A. (2018). Yoga into Cancer Care: A Review of the Evidence-based Research. International journal of yoga, 11(1), 3-29.