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Yoga for Cancer

Yoga for Cancer

As interest in more holistic approaches to healing is growing, yoga therapy for cancer patients and cancer survivors is emerging as one of the more successful methods for combating the physical discomfort of cancer and cancer treatment. Many patients who practice yoga as therapy during their treatment report that therapeutic yoga poses bring great relief, hope and optimism into their battle against cancer. Whether faced with scar-tissue of surgery, weakness from radiation and chemo or ongoing nausea, cancer patients endure a long road of often terrifying emotional and physical trials.

During this very gentle remedial class we practice mostly supine poses, designed to release anxiety, energies and bring calmness. There is the the chance to informally talk about our week, experiences, fears and hopes before class or over a cup of tea afterwards.

If lying on a mat is not suitable for you we can adapt all poses for seated positions, leaning against a wall or even sitting on a chair. Classes are hugely inclusive and work really well even in the midst of treatment. You will find that the sangha (sanskrit word for a community)) has a strong healing power in itself.

This class is open for cancer patients, cancer survivors and their care-givers, families and friends who are often just as affected by the illness as the patient themselves. Please note that the class differs from a generic restorative class. It may however be suitable for a different chronic illness, just give me a call to discuss.

I request a phone call before your first class so that we can discuss any issues that may be of relevance.

More information can be found here:

‘It is thought that yoga can help with cancer in the following ways:

Reduces the side effects of chemotherapy, such as fatigue and nausea.

  • Helps to manage the emotional roller coaster which the patient experiences during the therapy.
  • May enhance the desired effect of conventional treatments, namely radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery.
  • Improves healing after radiotherapy and surgery by maximising blood flow to the affected areas and provides a form of gentle movement that can be used when a person’s energy is low.
  • Brings about harmony amongst the various metabolic activities in the body and achieves a greater degree of metabolic balance.
  • Plays an important role in improving the patient’s quality of life.’ *

*Source: MacMillan Cancer Support


For more information or to book contact Iris:



5.30 - 7pm Thursdays

£72 for 6 classes
£15 drop-in (if spaces available)