Free Yoga Class for Cancer Patients & Survivors Moves to Monday Mornings

Free Yoga ClassFebruary 27, 2019 – Cancer can be taxing on the body and mind. From receiving the initial diagnoses to recovering from treatment, cancer is stressful, physically and mentally, for the patient and their loved ones. Past and current cancer care patients in our community now have the opportunity to participate in an activity that may help reduce stress and provide physical and mental health benefits through a free yoga class.

Southeast Georgia Health System is offering the free yoga class on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Kemble Conference Room, located at 3011 Kemble Ave.

Registered yoga instructor Lenore Hervey, Ph.D., RYT-200, teaches the class in partnership with the Christina Phipps Foundation (CPF). The Foundation provides specialized training to experienced yoga instructors, enabling them to guide cancer patients, survivors and others who experience range of motion and pain limitations through a healthy, stress-relieving exercise program.

Initially, the focus of the Foundation was on breast cancer, but CPF’s certified instructors are experienced in working with all cancer patients with range of motion or pain limitations, regardless of their source. Training is conducted by physicians and other health care and yoga professionals. Hervey completed the CPF training, and in exchange for the training, teach the one hour class, once a week, free of charge.

“Cancer treatment and recovery is often a very stressful time,” explains Heather Lambert, LCSW, social worker, Southeast Georgia Health System Cancer Care Center. “Gentle yoga tailored for cancer patients and survivors is a great way to improve not only emotional well-being but also physical well-being.”

Prior yoga experience is not required to participate. “The positions we do in this class are not hard,” explains Hervey. “Yoga poses are performed with the support of a chair to aid in stability, if needed, and we work with each person to suggest modifications based on what they can do. It is not like the yoga you see in the gym.”

Sharon Davidson has been attending the class for several months and says the class is a valuable opportunity to those in the community. “As a breast cancer survivor, I was delighted when I found out this class was offered,” says Davidson. “The yoga poses we do are not stressful on my body. I feel better, more relaxed after the class.”

Special yoga attire is also not required. “We suggest the attendees wear comfortable clothing that allows them to move and stretch,” explains Hervey. “They can bring their own yoga mat or use one of the mats provided.”

Barbara Poloncic, who attends the class regularly, hopes others in the community will come try the class. “Yoga can help you find balance and peace during a very stressful time,” encourages Poloncic. “When you are doing a yoga pose, you are focused on the poses and not your cancer or situation. Plus, it’s nice to do this in a group setting. It’s good to have the support.”

For questions or for more information about the class visit sghs.org/free-yoga or call 912-466-5142.

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