Yoga Brings Hope While Living With Cancer


Yoga For Cancer Survivors

Yoga For Cancer Survivors

Jean DiCarlo-Wagner, ERYT – Yoga For Cancer Survivors.

Cancer treatments may take away something essential to living:  Hope. My cancer mentor, Suzanne Lindley, continues to demonstrate the art of living with hope. Pain is constant, chemotherapy treatments, scans and the occasional blast of radiation.  More and more patients are living with cancer.  And after attending the Cancer Symposium in Georgetown University, there is reason to keep hoping about medical advances.  But what about today?

Yoga is my passion to share with other patients and survivors. Yoga brings hope that today can be better, right now, in the middle of the storm that is cancer. Research supports the healthful changes that yoga students experience viscerally. But yoga is not one thing, however, it includes breathing practices, stretches and meditation. The commonality is the relaxation response that happens during and after practicing yoga. Our conscious breathing engages the parasympathetic nervous system and cascade of healthful bodily changes begin.

Vanessa is a fellow colorectal survivor. She was diagnosed stage 4 at age 27. Aggressive and life altering treatments saved her life, but Vanessa lives with the fallout of these treatments. She is in chronic pain, and prefers naturally remedies to painkillers, which bring their own price. Vanessa tells her own story of how she uses yoga to manage her pain, neuropathy and the rigors of lifelong medical surveillance.

The power is in our choice to live on our own terms; and keep hope alive, day to day, through yoga.

Blessings and Love,
Jean

Jean Di Carlo WagnerAbout Jean Di Carlo Wagner: Owner of Yogabeing.net
E-RYT200, E-RYT500 certified with Yoga Alliance
Yoga Therapist with International Alliance of Yoga Therapists
Atma Yoga Teacher Training, certified 500 hours Los Angeles
A Gentle Way Yoga, certified 200 hours
Silver Age Yoga, certified 200 hours

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  1. Several excellent recent studies on benefits of yoga including this one regarding potential impact of yoga on fatigue:

    https://www.evernote.com/shard/s167/sh/36819e2a-e281-4b05-b3c1-7572a4c3dca8/efde7deca163431a655bfb7efe749476

    And an upcoming study on potential benefits for prostate cancer survivors:
    http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2013/11/yoga/

    Great to see evidence building that supports your efforts to bring yoga to survivors.

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