Stretch. Breathe. Nourish. | Gentle yoga for cancer care.

February 7, 2019

By: Kim Mulholland, Yoga for Cancer Facilitator 

“Our minds drift to and fro, buffeted by sensations like a boat upon stormy seas. The breath serves as an anchor, something which we can tether our minds so that we can be present for the real.”
~Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison

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. Many 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. 

Many cancer patients are finding that yoga (which is really about attention based, gentle, whole-body exercises and mindful breathing) can provide an extra layer of emotional and physical care during and after treatments. There is evidence that people who practice yoga for cancer increase their body’s natural defenses for healthy living, develop coping skills to balance emotions, and often have a more full relationship to themselves that transcends into other aspects compassionate living.

Connect to another kind of love this February and join us any Friday for our complimentary yoga for cancer class. Practice another kind of 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 one feel better, safer or more comfortable

Connect to another kind of love and invite a supportive spouse or friend to attend with you, if you are a cancer survivor and know someone in active treatment suggest the class and attend with them. Classes are customized for each participant based on physical limitations, wherever you are in your cancer journey and what your energy level is for that particular day. 

Nourishing YOU, the introductory class, is offered every Friday from 1:30 -2:30 PM at the Haywood Breast Center (2nd Floor of the Outpatient Care Center). This class is mostly chair based. Registration is not required and classes are free. The class is taught by Kim Mulholland, Mindful Yoga for Cancer Duke Integrative Medicine trainer.

For more information or questions you may reach Kim at 828.452.8691 or visit