Yoga in the park returns

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Dr. Kate Glaser leads a yoga session in the park at the Chapter 2 Cancer Survivorship Workshop 2019

Sessions are offered every Tuesday through September 20

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is once again offering in-person slow flow yoga therapy from August 16 to September 20. Sessions take place in Kaminski Park, adjacent to the main hospital entrance. The six-week program runs every Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Slow flow yoga is designed to connect breath to body using a combination of grounded postures. Participants will linger in poses for a few breaths to experience the pose on both a physical level and energetic level. The instructor will explain variations and modifications for the poses, so that each participant can experience yoga in their own way.

The sessions are open to Roswell Park patients, visitors and employees at no cost. All equipment will be provided, and the classes are led by certified yoga therapists with oncology specific training. Reserve your spot for one or more sessions by emailing Kelli Cott at Kelli.Cott@RoswellPark.org.

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Benefits for cancer survivors

The ancient practice of yoga combines meditation, breathing and precise poses to connect a person’s thoughts, spirit and body. A regular yoga practice can promote calmness and wellbeing, as well as other important benefits:

Relieves fatigue. Fatigue is one of the most common side effects of cancer treatment. Practicing yoga can help survivors have more energy.

Reduces stress, anxiety and depression. Practicing yoga lowers cortisol which is the body’s stress hormone. Since yoga is a mind-body connection, focusing on breathing and body movements help to relax the body and mind.

Eases pain. Gentle movements and focused breathing of yoga can help lessen pain.

Improves sleep. Poor sleep is another common side effect of cancer treatment. Yoga may help improve the quality and duration of sleep.

Builds flexibility, balance, and strength. Cancer and its treatments can cause muscle loss and imbalance. Yoga helps increase your balance and endurance.

Promotes mindfulness. Yoga encourages unity of the mind, body and spirit. It helps you slow down and become more focused on the present.

Encourages fellowship. Practicing yoga with other cancer survivors is a good way to form a community to support you through your cancer journey.