by Tari Prinster
A yoga class used well can become part of the arsenal to frighten away future cancers. Yoga is supposed to restore the body and free the mind from negative feelings caused by modern life. Cancer is a modern life negative. Some couch it in terms of a battle for life. Yoga prepares the battleground (the body) and provides useful weapons of “carefrontation,” or self-healing. Instead of running from the cancer, the fear and the uncertainty, each warrior can learn to fight for his or her self. “When a human being suffers an emotional loss that is properly dealt with, the mind responds by developing new growth.”
Chemotherapy acts in the body like an industrial-strength toxin. Yoga can act as the body’s natural cleansing agent. By putting more oxygen in to the blood stream, eliminating toxins with sweat, by stimulating the bowels and facilitating lymphatic flow, a warrior can detox their own body. No pills, needles, doctors, or insurance payments.
Cancer patients find themselves in distracted states of mind, bombarded by frightening information, subjected to invasive procedures and clinical environments. A yoga class can be the safe environment that quiets the mind and plants the seed of self-healing. When we are ill, finding our deepest most sustaining energy, mental and physical, is a task that we can only do for ourselves. The warriors will listen attentively to every suggestion on how to fight and how yoga works. They will remember and they will thank you.
Living with fear is the first lesson cancer gives. For a survivor, uncertainty is a new and constant companion. How to be fear-less becomes a shared goal for teacher and student. If you are the teacher in this special population of warriors, expect to witness fearless living.