Specialist yoga for cancer care
Venue classes - currently closed, until further notice!
Interactive On-Line Keep Moving Yoga classes via Zoom
Keep Moving Yoga, incorporating gentle movements, breath awareness, relaxation and Yoga Nidra
Create your space
You will need prepare your yoga space at home. You will need enough room to layout your yoga mat, have a sturdy hard back chair (dining room chair), with support under your feet to bring the thighs parallel to the floor. If you have yoga blocks that might be useful, however we can be creative with household items too; for example a sturdy book or a strong box.
You will need space around you to bring your arms up overhead and to the sides, ensure that furniture is far enough away from you and your practice area to avoid injury and be please be mindful of any pets who share your space.
It is recommended that you have a blanket or extra layer for relaxation; blankets/towels are also good for padding under the knees or for sitting on.
This approach was adapted and created by Julie Friedeberger a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher, who found her yoga practice to be invaluable to her after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The elements of the practice work together holistically to support the healing process on all levels, physical, mental and emotional.
Simple (yet powerful) movements with awareness - repetition so that they can be easily learned and practiced at home. Working systematically, increasing mobility of the joints, stimulating blood and lymph circulation, enhancing vital organs and speeding up the removal of toxins.
The breath and breathing exercises - a range of breathing exercises combined with movement and visualisations, helping to focus awareness.
Breath awareness meditation - thoughts and emotions are allowed to surface into the consciousness so they can be observed, acknowledged accepted and released. A cleansing process that liberates stuck energy and held emotions, it is a therapeutic healing.
Relaxation / Yoga Nidra - calming the nervous system, lowers heart rate and blood pressure, dissolves muscular tension, also helping to improve concentration and sleep.
What to wear
Wear clothes that are comfortable and non restricting, women usually wear leggings and a T-shirt. Men usually wear training bottoms/shorts and a T-shirt. Bare feet is normal during class, (non slip socks could be worn in winter).
Try to allow at least two hours after a meal before you join the class (have a light snack if necessary), have some drinking water available during practice.
Yoga Kula / Community
Kula is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as 'community', 'clan' or tribe. A sense of inclusion and belonging that can be cultivated through yogis coming together to practice yoga. The kula is considered sacred because it is a group of people who come together freely, with intention and a shared sense of purpose. In this way, the traditional idea of yoga as a personal and individual practice can be expanded to include more social aspects and experiences of connection with others as well as the self. If we harness the power of connection with loving intention, we can influence even greater positive changes in the larger community outside our yoga world.
'Our yoga practice allows us to know and trust ourselves more fully'.
TUESDAY 11:00 (75 mins)
Suitable for complete beginners
Being active improves: cancer related fatigue; muscle strength; sleep quality; cognitive function; quality of life
Helping with: joint pain; depression; anxiety; lymphedema
Yoga supports the body's natural healing ability and helps to remove toxins from the body.
Experience and practice of Yoga techniques, which include simple gentle movements, breath awareness, visualisation and guided meditations.
Work from the Chair, Mat & Standing where possible.
If you are unsure whether this class will be suitable for you or have any questions or concerns please contact us.