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Yoga for Breast Cancer Association Victoria, Kristianstad branch
September 10, 2019 @ 4:15 am - 5:45 pm
They’re a diverse group. Young, middle-aged, older. Some in the middle of their treatment, some pronounced cancer-free for 20 or more years. Some “only” receiving chemo and radiation; some recovering from radical surgery. Support members can also turn up. How to teach such a diverse group? The baseline is, of course, to make sure that everyone is included. Yoga is so flexible and can be adapted in so many ways, so it’s not a problem. The most important thing with this group is the sense of community, shared experience and the feeling that there are no right or wrong ways to feel or participate. We’ve laughed, and danced, and one class we even got mad and yelled. Once I had the group lay down for the whole class. Do you know how many yoga exercises you can do lying down? Well, at least 90 minutes worth because that’s what we did. And we went through the entire body, even practicing balance on our sides.
This class is for BCF Victoria Kristianstad members only, but you can become a member and join us at anytime.
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The information below about the benefits of yoga for breast cancer support is taken from Breastcancer.org (https://www.breastcancer.org/treatment/comp_med/types/yoga).
Research on yoga in women with breast cancer
In studies of women with breast cancer, yoga has been shown to reduce fatigue and improve quality of sleep, physical vitality, and overall quality of life.
At the 2003 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), results were reported from a yoga study involving 126 women recently diagnosed with Stage I or II breast cancer. The women were about to receive chemotherapy or hormonal therapy. Some of the women were assigned to yoga classes over a 3-month period. The women taking yoga had a 12% improvement in fatigue, physical functioning, and quality of life compared with those in the program who did not take the yoga classes.
In 2006, results of a yoga study were reported from an M.D. Anderson Cancer Center study. The study followed 61 women receiving 6 weeks of radiation treatment for breast cancer. Half the women took a yoga class twice a week; the other half did not. Compared with the women who did not take yoga, the women in the yoga group reported having more energy and less daytime sleepiness, better physical functioning, and better overall quality of life.