There is a growing body of evidence to show that yoga, as a complementary therapy to conventional treatments, can be beneficial.
All cancer patients can benefit from regular yoga classes, including people experiencing treatment-related symptoms, for example post-surgical pain with a limited range of motion, sleep issues, fatigue, anxiety and digestive problems.
Journey to Wellness yoga for people living with cancer are specialised yoga classes addressing the needs of people facing cancer, using gentle techniques of movement and breathing with relaxation and meditation and are available for cancer patients, recoverers and their carers on an individual and small group basis.
The classes involve:
- Gentle movements to improve circulation, relieve tension and enhance mobility.
- Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, which improve the body's respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems, reduce anxiety and increase peacefulness.
- Mindfulness techniques, which give students tools for centering, calming, increasing clarity and allowing for better management of challenging emotions by promoting understanding, compassion and confidence.
These practices serve as effective tools in pain management, reduce fatigue, lessen side effects from treatments and improve recovery. The unique combination of these practices creates conditions conductive to healing - physically, mentally and emotionally - bringing harmony and integration of one's entire being.