Stretch. Breathe. Nourish. 
Gentle yoga for cancer. 

A complimentary cancer service uniquely offered at Haywood Regional Medical Center. 

NOTE: Currently, Haywood Regional Medical Center has suspended Yoga for Cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping our patients' safety first. However, if you are seeking an option to continue your yoga practice at this time, Kim Mullholland recommends Dr. Robyn Tiger, who offers yoga for cancer Zoom classes each week. For more information, visit

Haywood Regional Medical Center’s Integrative Cancer Services seek to support emotional and physical relationships throughout cancer. Yoga for Cancer Survivorship is an innovative service found at many national cancer centers in which we proudly bring to our cancer community. 

When battling cancer, the worst part is not just the symptoms of the disease itself, but the discomfort and debilitating fatigue brought on from cancer treatments. Whether faced with the scar-tissue of surgery or ongoing nausea and weakness from chemotherapy or radiation, cancer patients endure a long road of physical trails. A lot of cancer patients find in the face of adversity the stress of cancer, the lack of internal control can often result in feeling out of step with oneself and others.

What is Yoga for Cancer? The word yoga means “union” of mind and body. Yoga for Cancer is not simply about stretching, rather focuses on skillfully connecting to yourself and exploring relaxation techniques that can be used during cancer treatment and beyond cancer. We look forward to sharing class with you!

In our class we practice Self-Compassion through the nourishing qualities of G.R.A.C.E:

  • Grounding~ Living skillfully in the present moment during highs and lows
  • Reconnect~ Discover insight as to what contributes to support health living
  • Awareness~ Explore techniques to balance moods, emotions and internal stillness
  • Compassion~ Deepen your ability to honor YOU at the most fundamental levels of consciousness
  • Empowerment~ Live life actively doing things to make you feel better, safer or more comfortable

Yoga for Cancer benefits:

  • Provides an extra layer of emotional support
  • Discover insight as to what contributes to support healthy living
  • Improve your energy levels and ability to relax
  • Learn techniques to balance moods and emotions
  • Explore methods for coping with stress, fatigue, and pain
  • Fosters fuller relationship to oneself that often transcends into other aspects compassionate living.

Yoga for Cancer invites active participation in your cancer care plan. 

"I just want you to how important you are to those of us healing. I remember being in the beginning I felt pretty weak and ill. By the end of class I would feel so much better both inside and out. Today I may be healthier, but by the end of class I still feel better inside and out. I just wanted to thank you for having this class because it matters and means so much" - Joanne Wilson 


Nourishing YOU
(chair-based class) 

Dates TBA

1:30 - 2:30 pm at the Haywood Breast Center (2nd Floor of the Outpatient Care Center). 

Nourishing You introduces practical and accessible body based coping skills useful in any stage of cancer or survivorship. Classes are appropriate for all physical abilities and no prior yoga experience is needed or expected. In fact, it is not uncommon to have no prior experience:

  • Class is appropriate for all cancer types and stages of cancer, remission or after cancer
  • Open to men and women
  • Yoga exercises are adapted to individuals needs and limitations or what your energy level is for that particular day.
  • Class size is intentionally kept small. 
  • Wear comfortable clothing for light stretching (sweatpants, t-shirts, or whatever is most comfortable for you
  • Feel free to bring a supportive spouse or friend with you
  • If you are a cancer survivor and know someone in active treatment suggest the class and attend with them.
  • As with any activity, it is important to talk with your cancer care physicians before beginning yoga.

For more information, please call 828.452.8691

Meet your Facilitator 

About Kim Mulholland, TCTSY-F 300, E-RYT 200, Mindful Yoga For Cancer, 50 hr. TT

Kim has lived and worked in Haywood County for over 20 years in healthcare services. Throughout her career she realized the need to understand how traumatic experiences affect one’s body and emotions and relationships. She has trained with renowned trauma centers and medical centers including The Trauma Center in Boston and Duke Integrative Medicine to bring evidence-based supportive body based interventions for psychological trauma and cancer care. She is passionate about her work and the people she shares life with. Kim cherishes time with family and her dogs Hope and Mara.