Calling all yoga and cancer warriors: pick up your yoga mat and join Presbyterian Healthcare for Yoga Warriors Against Cancer.
The third annual community fundraiser for Presbyterian Healthcare’s Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness center, held this year on Aug. 19, is geared toward yoga enthusiasts and cancer patients and survivors. The day-long event will take place at multiple yoga studios throughout the Charlotte area and helps fund programs affiliated with the center – programs including yoga classes offered by the facility to cancer patients and survivors.
The event is the first of its kind in Charlotte, born three years ago when members of Presbyterian Healthcare’s Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Center wanted to engage a new genre of people in the fight against cancer.
“There were running and walking events but no yoga events (currently going on,) so the idea was born,” Megan Talley, senior public relations marketing specialist at Presbyterian Healthcare, said.
The event saw success immediately and is now gaining in popularity across the Charlotte region.
“The event has really evolved each year,” Talley said.
The yoga program at Presbyterian Healthcare’s Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness center, which benefits from the Yoga Warriors Against Cancer event, is one that boasts trained yoga specialists who have been educated in oncology. A weekly class, the program helps aid cancer patients in their physical and mental fight against cancer and can be beneficial to any patient battling any stage of cancer. (See picture above.)
“It is especially for cancer patients and it aids them in recovery,” Talley said of the classes.
Yvonne Brown, an instructor with the program, has seen firsthand the positive influences yoga can have on a cancer patient. From teaching them how to breath, relax and do yoga poses that can be modified to each patient’s specific needs, she has seen people walk out of class with more energy and less anxiety.
“While we do gentle poses, we really focus on some of the subtle practices (in yoga.) It is not just modified poses, it is a litany of stuff they learn how to use,” Brown said.
Brown says the program is for anyone battling cancer, whether they are still in chemotherapy or no longer in treatment. Class sizes are small, allowing for individualized help.
“It doesn’t matter what stage or what type of cancer, all of our services are available for anyone who has been diagnosed” with cancer, Brown said. “This money goes directly to Charlotte-area residents who have been diagnosed with cancer. When our residents are healthy, relaxed, well-balanced and more in touch with themselves, our community functions better.”
Want to know more?
Yoga Warriors Against Cancer will be held Aug. 19 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Yoga for Life, 1410 West Morehead St.; 3:30 to 6 p.m. at The Yoga Center at 8th Street Studio, 1940 E. 8th St.; and at 5:45 p.m. at Charlotte Yoga Club, 2102 South Blvd. Cost is $30. Registration is available online at www.presbyterian.org/yogawarriors.