y4c (yoga4cancer) - Classes, Teacher Training and Support http://y4c.com Cancer steals your breath. Yoga gives it back. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:16:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ‘Its the best training I’ve ever taken’… http://y4c.com/2015/08/its-the-best-training-ive-ever-taken/ http://y4c.com/2015/08/its-the-best-training-ive-ever-taken/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:24:37 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=6580 Continue reading ]]>  

by Janet Arnold-Grych, y4c Trained Teacher, Chicago, IL

As a yoga teacher for nearly a decade, I’ve had the good fortune to participate in many different yoga trainings from contemplative to physically crazy. Yesterday I completed Tari’s y4c training and I think it was the best training I’ve ever taken.

First, this is an amazingly well researched program. y4c is grounded in fact and practicality, and of course Tari’s personal experience. Tari doesn’t start with creating asana sequences. She starts with explaining in detail the components of the immune system and how yoga can assist cancer survivors by specifically targeting key aspects of the immune system. Compassion is essential in teaching yoga to people touched by cancer but it’s not enough. That compassion must be grounded in knowledge and Tari does a beautiful job providing that background in several different ways.

L1080603Second, Tari is a light. Her approachability, energy and authenticity draw people to
her.During our training, Tari created and held space for me and 18 strong women, many of whom were cancer survivors themselves. There were tears and laughter and even bad jokes. There was validation and support around every opinion, every question. As much as we were all in awe of Tari’s effortless instruction (we were able to experience two of her classes), Tari isn’t about being the center of attention. She’s about creating community because she knows that’s where the real power of this movement lies. The collective power of a wave of knowledgeable, caring teachers will enable many more survivors to be reached. It  will also be more impactful in shifting the medical community’s collective understanding of the benefits of yoga to people touched by cancer.

L1080736Third, yoga teachers rock. Yes, in the past I’ve met some who are more concerned with the physical showiness of pretty poses but they are in the minority. Most teachers I know are in it for the big picture—the ability to help students taste nonreactivity, nonjudgement, release.  The yoga teachers I met in my y4C training were inspirational–kind, accepting, insightful. Our shared goals instantly connected us and the mutual respect was palpable. During training we were able to team teach and each person in my group brought a different perspective and knowledge base that made my learning so much richer.

As I said, many of in my training were cancer survivors themselves. I had questions and every person I spoke with thoughtfully answered my questions so I could better understand what someone with cancer or on the other side of treatment might think and feel. Those direct conversations were invaluable. They also reaffirmed why I was there.

Like any training, you get out of it what you put you in to it. But based on my experience, I believe that any yoga teacher who steps into this opportunity with the right intention and commitment will be amazed at what they discover. Tari has assembled a curriculum that is rich and real. I am so excited to apply this knowledge and continue to learn within the broader community of y4c teachers. It is an amazing training and I am very grateful to Tari for it.janet headshot

Namaste,

Janet Arnold-Grych, y4c Trained Teacher

 

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Ask Tari: What poses would you recommend for post operation Breast Cancer? http://y4c.com/2015/06/ask-tari-what-poses-would-you-recommend-for-post-operation-breast-cancer/ http://y4c.com/2015/06/ask-tari-what-poses-would-you-recommend-for-post-operation-breast-cancer/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:21:00 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=6207 Continue reading ]]> Recently, a friend, student and fellow yoga teacher asked me what poses I would recommend for breast cancer post surgery, as she is now facing this situation herself.  This is a common question, since 30% of all women’s cancer is of the breast. For that reason, I will share the answer.

The answer to this question is not as straightforward as one would expect.  But to put it simply = all of them.  The key is to understand what symptoms or issues an individual is facing, what that person needs to manage or wants to alleviate.  For example, is the individual wanting to build strength, reduce scar tissue, avoid the occurrence of lymphedema, detoxify or simply relax and manage stress?  These are all things that breast surgery and breast cancer treatments can cause, not the cancer. Thus, all yoga poses should be embraced and used to manage the side effects of cancer and its treatments.

As the question makes reference to ‘post-operation’, my feeling is that the request for poses were more about scar tissue, flexibility and, ultimately, strength of the arms and torso.  So here are four exercises that I have found useful both in my own recovery and with my students. But there are many, many more in my book – Yoga for Cancer.

1. Cactus Clap

2. Dirty Tshirt 

3. Restorative Fish

4. Full Body Stretch 

As mentioned above, these are just my recommendations for the immediate post-operation symptoms and side effects.  The management of a breast cancer surgery can often be short sighted.  Any breast surgery or lumpectomy brings other risks, like lymphedema, or loss of strength and support of other body parts and systems.  So although the initial concern might be for the breast / upper body areas post surgery, I urge everyone to embrace yoga as a tool to manage all the side effects of any cancer and its treatments. But most importantly, yoga helps keep your immune system strong reducing the risk of recurrence or other cancers.

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Navigating Cancerland with Yoga – by Tari Prinster http://y4c.com/2015/05/navigating-cancerland-with-yoga-by-tari-prinster/ http://y4c.com/2015/05/navigating-cancerland-with-yoga-by-tari-prinster/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 21:18:38 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=6012 Continue reading ]]> ytt_spring_2015_cover

As featured in the Spring 2015 issue of the Yoga Therapy Today by IAYT. Download the pdf here Spring2015_YTIP_NavigatingCancerland.

 

Fourteen years ago, when I heard those three words, “You have cancer,” they took my breath away. A cancer diagnosis is like falling off a swing as a child—the shock, hitting the hard ground, that thud sound, then the gasp for air, all in a split second. That is how I felt.

No matter the type or stage, cancer is a cold new reality. I survived the initial shock only to find myself enrolled in Cancer Boot Camp, what the late Christopher Hitchens called “cancerland” because of its strange customs and scary words. 1 Suddenly, I had to learn medical terms like “sentinel node biopsy” and “metastasis;” I heard about remedies like macrobiotic diets and mistletoe treatment that sounded odd to me, and I heard frightening statistics about survival rates. There was no time to sort out personal emotions before making life-and-death decisions. I found myself flooded with emotions and existential questions. How could this be happening? What did I do wrong? Why me? What do I do next? It was all so exhausting.

I had to get this roller coaster under control. Just as frustrating were all my questions about cancer as a disease, the treatment options, and their long-term side effects, none of which were ever fully explained by either my surgeon or oncologist. So, I read as much as I could, and I learned that there are few simple answers to what causes cancer or how to cure it. Sometimes, even though we follow health guidelines, don’t smoke, and eat right, we develop a cancer that starts with a random cell mutation.

When the diagnosis conversation started, my first question to my doctor was, “How do I get rid of it?” My doctor explained the basics: what a tumor is, why it should be removed, how that is done, and what happens after that. At first, I could barely hear the words, and I certainly didn’t understand them. I had a serious breast cancer—a large palpable tumor— and the treatment regimen would be aggressive because of the tumor grade.

The prescription given to me was the conventional Western route: lumpectomy surgery to remove the tumor, chemotherapy for ten months, then radiation. My navigation through the healthcare system started with a sentinel node biopsy, which is a diagnostic procedure to remove lymph nodes in the chest wall to check for possible metastasis outside the original tumor. Before cancer, I had no idea how many lymph nodes lived in my body, or where they were. My understanding of the immune system was minimal. That would all change.

Cancer treatments force you to think about the smallest details of daily life. I had worn a long-sleeved T-shirt to the hospital for my second surgery, but I had to use a surgical scissor afterwards to cut it open because I could not raise my arm over my head. No one had told me how to dress for cancer surgery! (Wear shirt that buttons up the front.) More seriously, no one told me that removing lymph nodes in the chest wall would traumatize the pectoral muscles.

Fears began to pile up fast. Range of motion was gone in my right arm. Removal of lymph nodes created the risk of lymphedema: a disfiguring, physically limiting condition in which lymph fluid builds up in tissues, causing swelling. As many of my yoga students now express, fear of lymphedema can be stronger than the fear of dying. Then came the warning that the loss of sensation in my right arm could be irreversible. After surgery and before chemo, my nurses explained how I would empty the surgical drains left in my chest wound and wished me well as I took the first step on the path of survivorship and went home.

Honestly, I left the hospital grateful for the knowledge and expertise of my doctors and nurses, but also feeling let down, alone, and with many more questions and fears than answers. Leaving the hospital, I had a fistful of pain meds, but no prescription to manage long-term side effects. I was warned what not to do, but not prepared with any “this is what you should do.” The big questions about living with cancer and rebuilding my life were never discussed. Caught up with so many details, I didn’t think to ask those questions, and my doctors didn’t think to volunteer such answers. Perhaps someone tried, but I was too distracted to hear.

Chemo was next, which is when I started to think about yoga. (For six years prior to my diagnosis, my practice three times a week combined Iyengar, Ashtanga, and self-practice.) Up to this point, cancer had been a great teacher. Chemo drugs, of course, are poisons designed to kill cancer cells, and in the process they kill other fast-growing cells such as hair follicles. As everyone imagines, the chemotherapy procedure creates anxiety, but it also produces new fears such as about the damage to healthy cells and a further loss of personal control. Fear is not pleasant and feeling vulnerable is hard work. Anxiety causes muscles to tighten, palms to sweat, your mouth to get dry as blood pressure and respiration rates elevate. Was I breathing? No! Gone again, that critical supply of life-giving oxygen. That I was holding my breath was a pivotal realization in my recovery.

I learned to use two yoga tools, gifts really, to prepare myself for chemo: breathing and meditation. In the past, I had underestimated meditation. Now, it allowed me to rest my mind whenever I chose, especially in the chemo chair. I could monitor my thoughts so I could go to sleep at night. I felt in charge again. With breathing and meditation I was grow- ing emotionally stronger, giving myself a way to strike a bargain with my treatments. Breath counting did not work for me, but alternate nostril breathing did. I was in control, not the chemo.

L1080562In New York at that time I found only one class for survivors, most of whom were advanced Stage IV and the focus was restorative yoga. I also started to rebuild my former yoga practice—slowly and gently, of course, but with a different focus. What interested me was not so much what I could not do, but what I could do. I was surprised when I brought my attention to other parts of my body that were healthy, like my legs, which seemed eager, ready to move and stretch.

Chemo made me tired. had expected that and anticipated the cumulative effect as I became bone-weary. However, an active yoga practice helped. It gave back energy. At the same time, I was growing emotionally stronger. It seemed that yoga focused me on the path of being a healthy survivor. I became curious. How and why were these effects of yoga happening?

At each stage of recovery, I experienced something different in my body and I had to adapt my yoga practice to the changes. Many questions arose in me about the effects of cancer treatments. But I also had questions for yoga: How to use yoga to optimize my health and to feel comfort- able in the body I now had?

L1080864When chemo finished, I asked myself whether my yoga practice needed to be different. Usually, restorative yoga with guided meditation is recommended for cancer patients and survivors. Was this what I needed?

My hope was that yoga could be a way to reclaim life during and after my cancer treatments, to get me back to normal. Hope, though, was not a plan; yoga was. I placed great expectations on yoga to give me full range of motion lost in surgery, to manage my fears, to help me flush out chemotherapy toxins, and to strengthen my immune system to resist a recurrence.

I wanted to know: What poses would be most important? How can yoga be healing and why? What are poses to avoid? What are the specific benefits and modifications for specific cancers? What is the science behind yoga? How does it work on a cellular level?

I was not a yoga teacher fourteen years ago, so I asked my teachers:

  • Will downward-facing dog cause lymphedema?
  • Would Hot Yoga be a good way to flush my body of chemotherapy toxins?
  • When is it safe to start doing yoga after starting treatments?
  • If I have implants, could they rupture doing yoga?
  • Is it okay to practice yoga with axillary nerve damage?
  • Forward bends cause me pain. Am I doing something wrong?

In the fourteen years since my diagnosis, research has begun to show evidence of yoga benefits for those with cancer. Along with patient navigators,some oncologists now recommend yoga. However, there are still many skeptics in the medical field, and much research needs to be done to bring yoga into main- stream care.

I believe yoga as a wellness plan improves the odds against cancer, giving survivors the tools to fight more effectively during active treatment or in the years after. Yoga helped me cope emotionally and physically with chemo, radiation, and other treatment challenges. This is the prescription I envision yoga folk and health care professionals giving: “Here is your last prescription. Do yoga.”

Finally, in speaking to yoga teachers and therapists as well as healthcare professionals, my experience led me to develop these guidelines:

  • Be prepared with answers to the questions, anticipated and unanticipated, that will come about yoga and cancer.
  • Learn the facts about cancer. Know that true compassion flows from knowledge and facts, not just from the heart chakra.
  • Learn the benefits of yoga as exercise beyond a relaxation technique. Acknowledge your own fears about cancer.
  • Acknowledge your own fears about cancer.
  • Encourage the curiosity of your patients and students who want to know how yoga works and how to live with cancer.
  • Appreciate that your patients want your recommendation on how they can participate in their healing.
  • Be aware that the science of yoga and cancer is still in its infancy. Stay open to the limits of our understanding and the possibility of misunderstanding. Yoga, like cancer, has scientific as well as spiritual dimensions.

L1080469Yoga empowered me to be healthier and stronger than I ever was before cancer. It taught me how to live with the uncertainty of recurrence and with lifelong side effects, and it helped me create my mantra: “Cancer steals your breath. Yoga gives it back.” A life-threatening illness can help us all learn how to live fearlessly—if faced directly. Both cancer and yoga are great teachers.

Tari Prinster, a cancer survivor, yoga teacher, and author of Yoga for Cancer, developed the y4c methodology using contemporary research on cancer and yoga. Since 2003, Tari has trained more than a thousand yoga teachers and worked with thousands of survivors. 

References

1. Hitchens, C. (2010). The topic of cancer. Vanity Fair. Retrieved from http://www.vanityfair.com/ culture/2010/09/hitchens-201009

2. Prinster, T. (2014). Yoga for cancer: a guide to man- aging side effects, boosting immunity, and improving recovery for cancer survivors. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

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Benefit #10: Yoga Enhances Empowerment and Well-Being http://y4c.com/2015/05/benefit-10-yoga-enhances-empowerment-and-well-being/ http://y4c.com/2015/05/benefit-10-yoga-enhances-empowerment-and-well-being/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 14:39:22 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=3302 Continue reading ]]>  

by Tari Prinster. Excerpt from ‘Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors’. Buy your copy today!

Many have heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition experienced by some soldiers returning from war, or by people suffering from a life-threatening accident. Cancer patients and survivors experience similar stress. We feel bombarded by frightening information, subjected to invasive procedures, and must endure cold clinics and blank stares.

Not everyone though manages stress with the same success, and a 2009 study by Costanzo, Ryff, and Singer developed and tested a concept that measures how we respond to post-traumatic stress growth, the positive flip side to suffering with stress.20 The researchers categorized the elements of surviving stressful events in three ways: survival with impairment, survival with resilience, and survival by thriving. Surviving with impairment, a survivor may blame her trauma on everything wrong with life. Surviving with resilience means she may recover from the trauma and live a serviceable life. Surviving by thriving though occurs when people make the traumatic event a pivotal point in life, changing their situation by making lemonade out lemons—ultimately thriving after cancer, for instance. The thriving survivor enjoys her blissful moments, which can lead to further change and the ability to find positive ways to manage stress.

L1080562About managing stress and cancer, Suzanne Danhauer of Wake Forest School of Medicine says, “Given the high levels of stress and distress that cancer patients experience, the opportunity to feel more peaceful and calm is a significant benefit.”21 She goes on to describe results of random trials studying the effects of yoga on emotions. Her research, conducted in 2009, found an increase of positive emotions such as calmness and a sense of purpose in over 50 percent of her subjects.

So, a growing body of research shows that yoga provides emotional benefits. Whether we use yoga to lose weight gained by taking medication, to detox our body following chemotherapy, or to regain the use of our arms, practicing yoga helps us feel better. As these benefits become more apparent, we experience increased well-being and, more importantly, feel more empowered than before. A positive spiral toward health results; as we continue to feel better, we make even better decisions about how to bring balance and ease to our lives.

L1080861Often, survivors with a yoga practice are surprised to find self-healing and empowerment in addition to their newfound well-being. Yoga empowers us to define life on our own terms. A solid practice can help reduce drug dependency or leave us feeling like we had a great massage. Ultimately, yoga helps us create a sense of balance between body and mind, the physical and the spiritual.

A final point: The first obstacle to exploring the great promises of a yoga practice is accepting that things are never going to be the same—and that is okay. Learning how to practice self-compassion is the most important benefit of all, what I call the bliss benefit.

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Charlotte – May 2015 – Training Photos http://y4c.com/2015/05/charlotte-may-2015-training-photos/ http://y4c.com/2015/05/charlotte-may-2015-training-photos/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 15:15:07 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=5859 L1080469 L1080537 L1080548 L1080562 L1080603 L1080627 L1080635 L1080637 L1080638 L1080667 L1080686 L1080690 L1080697 L1080700 L1080702 L1080707 L1080715 L1080724 L1080734 L1080736 L1080742 L1080743 L1080749 L1080755 L1080763 L1080764 L1080767 L1080777 L1080778 L1080780 L1080783 L1080787 L1080798 L1080804 L1080815 L1080816 L1080819 L1080823 L1080828 L1080833 L1080839 L1080841 L1080843 L1080845 L1080850 L1080861 L1080862 L1080864 L1080865 L1080866 L1080877 L1080878 L1080883 L1080895 L1080905 L1080917 L1080918 L1080919 L1080922 L1080925 L1080928 L1080934 L1080935 L1080936 L1080937 L1080956 Charlotte Training Program L1080964 ]]> http://y4c.com/2015/05/charlotte-may-2015-training-photos/feed/ 0 Ask Tari: What’s the difference between a ‘traditional’ yoga teacher and a yoga teacher for a “cancer survivor?” http://y4c.com/2015/04/ask-tari-whats-the-difference-between-a-common-yoga-teacher-and-a-yoga-teacher-for-a-cancer-survivor/ http://y4c.com/2015/04/ask-tari-whats-the-difference-between-a-common-yoga-teacher-and-a-yoga-teacher-for-a-cancer-survivor/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:57:41 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=5461 Continue reading ]]> Question: What’s the difference between a ‘traditional’ yoga teacher and a yoga teacher for a “cancer survivor?”

At first glance, the idea of yoga for cancer patients undergoing treatment and now in survivorship seems an obvious, logical step. What better way is there to manage anxiety, gain strength, increase flexibility and create feelings of well-being?  It seems like everyone knows yoga is beneficial.  So, why would teaching yoga to cancer patients and survivors be any different than teaching yoga to healthy people?

The popular notion is that all yoga is beneficial, whatever its style or flavor.  But as yoga teachers, we know that is not true.  Just like cancer, yoga is not one-size-fits-all.  Everyone’s cancer, treatments, side effects and body are all different. Yoga teachers must be ready to adapt teaching styles to the changing needs of students.  The difference in teaching yoga to cancer survivors is that the risks are higher and a teacher should know what those risks are.

The answer can be found found in the words of BKS Iyengar, from his book, Light on Life:

“Do not imagine that you already understand and impose your imperfect understanding on those who come to you for help.”

 

Most yoga teachers are trained to teach to a diverse, yet general, population, but not to teach to the specific needs of the cancer survivor.  Most likely, their training did not cover the life-long side effects and vulnerabilities triggered by cancer treatments, chemotherapy or radiation.

Yoga4Cancer ClassCompassion starts with a teacher’s willingness to learn about cancer, to be properly trained to teach yoga for cancer survivors, and to take the time to understand each student’s needs and concerns.  Knowing and understanding the conditions of the wounded body under that baggy t-shirt requires a yoga teacher training specialization.  This is the first step to creating safe healing conditions for those touched by cancer. 

Many teachers will have their personal fears about cancer. Conversely, many cancer survivors are not familiar with what they should expect from a yoga teacher when seeking a safe and practical class.  Yoga teachers should know to shift their pedagogy to meet the needs, often unexpressed, of their students.

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Tari is nominated for the Yoga Journal ‘Seva Award’ http://y4c.com/2015/04/tari-is-nominated-for-the-yoga-journal-seva-award/ http://y4c.com/2015/04/tari-is-nominated-for-the-yoga-journal-seva-award/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:01:48 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=5124 Continue reading ]]> We are thrilled to announce that Tari has been nominated by Yoga Journal for a Seva Award (Selfless Service) as part of their Good Karma Awards.  Tari is among 13 international nominated for this prestigious award.

‘The Seva Award is a yogis who are doing seva or selfless work by bringing the healing practice of yoga to underserved people either in their own communities or around the world. In choosing the 13 Seva Award winners, they searched for yogis who have been volunteering consistently (week after week, month after month, year after year) for at least eight consecutive years; who are doing pioneering work with an underserved population; and who have made progress against serious odds in a difficult situation.’ We think Tari is a good fit.
For Tari, to be just included in this small group of exceptional and compassionate yogis is honor enough and fills her heart. But we want to enlist your support as winning would bring scholarship money that we could use to grow our programs and ultimately help more cancer survivors.
So we need your vote. There is no requirements or information that you need to provide. Just a click. Then please share with your friends to vote.  Share on Facebook or otherwise! Every vote helps and gets us closer to impacting more! Together we can help more survivors.

 

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Benefit #9: Yoga Enhances Body Image http://y4c.com/2015/03/benefit-9-yoga-enhances-body-image/ http://y4c.com/2015/03/benefit-9-yoga-enhances-body-image/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:50:29 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=3301 Continue reading ]]>  

by Tari Prinster. Excerpt from ‘Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors’.  Buy your copy today!

People have images from news media and film of people practicing yoga. Perhaps we picture limber, lean, and youthful bodies in tights and tank tops sitting cross-legged or bent completely backwards like a human Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Celebrities and famous athletes do it. Everybody under thirty seems to be doing it. These young people might think they look like a model on the cover of Yoga Journal, and the serene look on their faces suggests that they’re not just in good physical shape, but their minds are in good shape too.

_MG_0854I believe yoga makes us feel good from the inside out. Yoga does not just help the body get strong, flexible, and detoxified. It helps our perception of the body and improves self-esteem. Cancer survivors, especially those who have survived breast cancer, have the same desire as everyone else: to look good! And yoga is for ordinary bodies. However, when baldness is not a fashion statement and makes us look sick, or when we feel weak, have gained twenty pounds from medical treatments, or have lost body parts, feeling good about how we look seems out of reach. Encouraging survivors to find a way to feel good about their appearance may sound unrealistic.

Rather than feel good, some survivors feel shame or embarrassment by their disfigurement. They say their body has betrayed them, as if blaming it helps explain a terrifying, mysterious disease. Survivors might also blame—falsely—their will, instead of their body, and think that they did not eat enough organic food, take enough vitamins and supplements, or use enough alternative therapies. Feelings of failure are not helpful and only add stress to life.

Here is what I have learned. Not only has the body not betrayed us, but by thinking this way we risk just such a betrayal. Research on stress and emotion suggests how a negative attitude towards oneself causes stress hormones to rise, thus increasing risk for cancer.18 Even though research progress is being made, we know less than we should about what causes cancer. Almost always, it is not possible to identify the exact causes for an individual cancer. Rather, the best we can do is to manage risk. What we do know, though, is that having positive thoughts cannot hurt us.19

So, a y4c yoga practice seeks to free the mind of negative thoughts and feelings about our bodies. Instead of looking into the mirror and making poor comparisons to magazine cover models, yoga teaches us how to turn the mirror around to find what is hidden on the inside. When we do something every day, even if it is a simple stretch, breathing exercise, or correcting our posture while walking down the street, we develop a healthier, more positive image of ourselves. This is how yoga starts to work and over time, will enhance your body image. By having a daily yoga practice, either alone or with others, survivors see what is good on the inside. A virtuous cycle of positive benefits results.

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Tari Interview on Beyond50 Radio Program http://y4c.com/2015/01/tari-interview-on-beyond50-radio-program/ http://y4c.com/2015/01/tari-interview-on-beyond50-radio-program/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:20:37 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=4501 Published on Dec 15, 2014. For Beyond 50’s “Natural Healing” talks, listen to an interview with Tari Prinster to talk about her book – Yoga for Cancer.  http://www.beyond50radio.com/

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Tari’s Interview on ‘Write the Book’ Podcast http://y4c.com/2015/01/taris-interview-on-write-the-book-podcast/ http://y4c.com/2015/01/taris-interview-on-write-the-book-podcast/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:19:58 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=4495 Tari was interviewed by Shelagh Connor Shapiro for the ‘Write the Book Podcast’ on January 19, 2015 about Yoga for Cancer.

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Pose of the Week: Dirty Tshirt http://y4c.com/2015/01/pose-of-the-week-dirty-tshirt/ http://y4c.com/2015/01/pose-of-the-week-dirty-tshirt/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:11:10 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=4449 Continue reading ]]> Excerpt from Yoga for Cancer, Tari Prinster’s latest book. Buy your copy today!

Benefits:

  • Range of motion in shoulders and arms
  • Chest and upper back stretch/strengthening
  • Lymphatic drainage in arms

Instructions:

Inhale: Lift arms to cactus.

Exhale: Fold left arm over right, giving yourself a hug.

Inhale: Begin to lift your elbows higher. As if taking off a T-shirt, slide your fingers up your arms as you reach your arms toward the ceiling. Expand your chest.

Exhale: Lower palms to thighs.

Repeat sequence, this time folding right arm over left to give yourself a hug. Then repeat the entire sequence six times, alternating which arm is on top.

Modifications: The action of removing the imaginary T-shirt may be difficult if you are recovering from surgery. Modify by skipping this movement and returning to Cactus Arms instead.

Dirty TShirt

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Pose of the Month: Knee-Down Sun Salutation http://y4c.com/2014/12/pose-of-the-week-knee-down-sun-salutation/ http://y4c.com/2014/12/pose-of-the-week-knee-down-sun-salutation/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:12:30 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=4306 Continue reading ]]> A sun salutation is one of the most beautiful and effective yoga poses or sequences. It strengthens the whole body, improves balance, builds bone mass, stimulates the lymph system, and increases heart rate for cardiovascular health.  It is and should be the staple of most practices. However, for some cancer survivors, it can be daunting.

The yoga4cancer sun salutations modify the common practice to enable all survivors to achieve the benefits without the risk, concern or discomfort. Below details one of the many sun salutations featured in Tari’s Book  – Yoga for Cancer.

Knee Down Sun Salutation

Benefits: Strengthens the whole body, improves balance, builds bone mass, stimulates the lymph system, lymphatic drainage in arms, increases heart rate for cardiovascular health.

Props needed: Two blocks, blanket (optional)

Place two blocks shoulder width apart on the highest level at the front of your mat. Stand tall between them. Line up your toes with the front edge of the blocks.

Inhale: Reach your arms out and up like swan wings.

Exhale: Bend your knees as if you’re going into Chair pose and lower your arms, bringing your hands to the blocks. Keep your chest lifted.

Inhale: Step your right leg back into a lunge. Reach the crown of your head forward while reaching back through your right heel. Left knee should be directly above left ankle.

Exhale: Lower your right knee to the mat or a blanket, untucking your toes so the top of the foot rests on the floor.

Inhale: Lift your arms out and up, bringing your torso upright.

To complete the Sun Salutation, repeat each of these actions in reverse, following the illustrations from right to left.

Exhale: Lower hands to blocks.

Inhale: Tuck right toes under and lift your right knee.

Exhale: Step your right foot forward between the blocks, both knees bent, chest lifted.

Inhale: Straighten your legs, reaching your arms out and up like swan wings.

Exhale: Lower your arms. Return to stand tall position.

Repeat on the second side, stepping back with your left leg.

Modifications: For sensitive knees, set a folded blanket across the middle of your mat where your knees will land during the knee-down lunge. If range of motion in your arms is limited, lift your arms only to a comfortable height. If your hands do not reach the blocks as you bend your knees from a standing position, stack two blocks under each hand.

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Pose of the Week – The Holiday Detox http://y4c.com/2014/11/pose-of-the-week-the-turkey-detox/ http://y4c.com/2014/11/pose-of-the-week-the-turkey-detox/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:48:58 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=4262 Continue reading ]]> Thanksgiving Yoga

Oh boy…  we are heading into the glutinous season starting with a week full of turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, cornbread, cheese, pumpkin pie and, of course stuffing…  and if you are anything like me, I feel ‘stuffed’ even thinking about it. So I make sure to increase my detoxifying yoga poses.  Because the great thing is whether you are detoxing from chemo, getting rid of rogue cancer cells or just too much holiday food, these poses improve your bodies ability to digest, circulate and function. Also these poses can improve the relaxation response which is much needed after a house full of family and friends.  So in honor of that, the Pose of the Week is the Turkey Detox and consists of two poses: Legs Up the Wall and Knee Up Seated Twist both featured in the detox sequence in my new book – Yoga for Cancer.

Knee Up Seated Twist

Sit cross-legged with your right leg in front. Place your right foot on the floor, your right knee pointing up, thigh close to your belly. Hold your right shin firmly with both hands.

INHALE: Sit fully upright, chest broad, crown of your head lifted.

EXHALE: Twist your belly and chest to the right. Place your left hand on your right shin and right hand to the floor or a block behind you. Turn your head to look past your right shoulder.

INHALE: Sit taller and slowly turn your head to look past your left shoulder.

EXHALE: Slowly turn your head back into the twist, gazing past your right shoulder.

Repeat five times. Then repeat the sequence five times on the second side, twisting to the left.

Modifications: If your hips are tight it may be difficult to sit upright. Try sitting on a higher support and bending your lifted knee a little less deeply so the foot that is on the floor is further away from your hip. If you experience any neck pain, do not turn your head as far into the twist.

Benefits: Stimulates lymphatic system in hips and torso to aide detoxification, hip stretch, spine flexibility and releases neck tension.Knee Up Seated Twist

Legs Up the Wall

Props needed: Wall, two blankets, eye pillow (optional), bolster/cushion (optional), strap Legs up the wall(optional), additional blanket (optional)

Pull the short end of your yoga mat up to a wall. Place a folded blanket on either side of the middle of your mat.

Sit facing the long side of the mat with your left shoulder against the wall, knees bent. Using your right arm for support, lie down on your right side and as you roll onto your back, extend both legs up the wall. Keep your hips several inches away from the wall.

Rest your arms on the folded blankets in a cactus shape. Close your eyes. Rest for at least five minutes.

Modifications: If your neck feels strained, a folded blanket or low pillow under the head can offer additional support. If your hamstrings are tight, having your legs up the wall may feel like a stretch, and the back of your hips may not be flat to the floor. Move your hips further away from the wall until they rest fully on the mat. This will also release tension in the backs of the legs. Limited mobility in your shoulders or chest may require additional blankets under your cactus arms. Ensure that your hands, wrist, forearms, and elbows are all supported. As always, support both arms at the same height to maintain body symmetry. Optionally, put a bolster (with long end parallel to the wall) or cushion under your hips. A yoga strap can be belted around your thighs to hold your legs in place and allow the legs to more fully relax.

Benefits: Lymphatic drainage from legs; increases venous return from the lower body; activates the parasympathetic nervous system promoting physical relaxation, calm, and stress reduction. And feels glorious.

This is an excerpt from Tari’ book – Yoga for Cancer – now on sale at major retails.  Click here to buy your copy today. 

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Introduction to yoga4cancer http://y4c.com/2014/11/introduction-to-yoga4cancer/ http://y4c.com/2014/11/introduction-to-yoga4cancer/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:51:25 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=4229

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Benefit #8: Yoga Helps Manage Fear and Anxiety http://y4c.com/2014/10/benefit-8-yoga-helps-manage-fear-and-anxiety/ http://y4c.com/2014/10/benefit-8-yoga-helps-manage-fear-and-anxiety/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:55:41 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=3299 Continue reading ]]>  

by Tari Prinster. Excerpt from ‘Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors’.  Pre-Order Today!

Fear is one of the most common and overwhelming reactions to those three little words, “You have cancer.” For most of us, if not all of us, it puts us into a tailspin of fear of pain, the impact on family, loss of income, and ultimately, death. As a cancer survivor adjusts to a life-threatening disease, an additional alarm system emerges: uncertainty. From that point on, every tweak, pain, or twitch, even old familiar ones, creates anxiety. Anxiety about what is and is not cancer becomes a new threat and constant companion. This undercurrent of anxiety and fear impact mood, fear and anxietycauses depression, and affects quality and length of sleep. These then impact our body’s natural systems to heal and restore, further weakening a survivor’s physical and psychological status. It’s a nasty downward spiral.

Yoga is well known for its powers of relaxation. Many are unaware of the physical benefits though they are easily understood and recognized in popular and modern culture. I want to provide some fact-based reasons for why yoga can help reduce anxiety and fear to essentially calm the nervous system.

The nervous system is complex network of trillions of cells and countless communication pathways throughout the body. Information is delivered to the brain in the form of sensations through sight, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and feeling. And the body responds to these sensations, or signals, with pleasure or discomfort and pain. Both responses are interpretations made by the brain to protect us from harm, maximize health, and enhance well-being. If we were in freezing weather and didn’t have a nervous system, we wouldn’t know how cold we were and wouldn’t protect ourselves with winter clothing, risking serious conditions like hypothermia. Without the nervous system, we would not know what is happening in the body, and it would be impossible to take care of ourselves. So an anxious nervous system not only impacts the way we emotionally feel but how our body functions and the power of our immune system.

Research about yoga’s positive impact on the nervous system, especially in reducing anxiety and fear, is plentiful. In 2013, a study conducted by the University of Calgary showed that practicing yoga led to improvements in mood, stress factors, and health-related quality of life (HRQL).15 Participants saw an improvement within the seven-week trial and then in three- and six-month follow-ups. Another study suggests that yoga can be more effective on mood than walking, which is a common recommendation for cancer patients and survivors. Yoga participants reported greater improvement in mood and a reduction in anxiety levels over the control group that only walked.16

y4c restorative poseAnxiety causes sleep disruption. It’s estimated that between 30 percent and 90 percent of cancer survivors have problems sleeping. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2013 reported that 90 percent of cancer survivors who participated in a yoga program saw improvement in their sleep; they had better sleep quality, less daytime sleepiness, better quality of life, and reduced use of medicines.17

Some psychological principles that help us are the relaxation response, the power of positive expectations, and pranayama, breath control using the practice of various breathing techniques. The latter is a key technique for inducing relaxation in the body This is the science behind yoga that invites you to enjoy safe and relaxing positions, respect your body, settle the monkey mind, work past the normal distractions of daily life, better manage fears and anxiety, and help you make time for healing.

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Five Ways That Yoga Helps Prevent Cancer http://y4c.com/2014/10/five-ways-that-yoga-helps-prevent-cancer/ http://y4c.com/2014/10/five-ways-that-yoga-helps-prevent-cancer/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:41:59 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=3704 Continue reading ]]> Kripalu-logo

By Tari Prinster.  Kripalu Thrive Blog on October 23, 2014.

“You have cancer.” About half of all men and one-third of all women in the United States will hear those words in their lifetime. That’s 40 percent of us. We each hope it’s not us. But hope is not a plan. And if you’ve heard those three little words, as I did, your life changes forever. But blaming yourself, retreating from life, and hoping for no recurrence, is also not a plan. Adding yoga to your daily routine—that’s a plan. And an effective one!

An increasing body of research shows that yoga can help prevent cancer, and help cancer patients and survivors manage risk and side effects after treatment. As a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2000, I have felt the impact in my own body after many surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation. Yoga brings balance and alignment to all body parts and systems: muscles, bones, organs, and the mind. It’s a holistic path to wellness that focuses on interconnection.

Here are five reasons why yoga should be in everyone’s cancer-prevention and/or cancer-recovery plan.

Yoga strengthens the immune system. The goal of strengthening the immune system is to keep all of the body’s systems working together. It takes a village: Failure of any one system threatens the health of the whole community. Cancer therapies that seek to strengthen the immune system are increasingly proving to be helpfulin fighting a wide variety of cancers.

Research shows that yoga boosts immunity. A 2013 study in Norway found that regular practice of gentle yoga and meditation had a rapid effect at the genetic level in circulating cancer-fighting immune cells. Mindfulness meditation also appears to change the brain and immune function in positive ways.

Yoga detoxifies the body. Detoxification is the vital metabolic process by which dead cells and toxins (the flu virus, a rogue cancer cell, or another pathogen) are excreted from the body. Yoga is the muscle of the lymphatic system—the body’s plumbing and trash-removal system. Similar to how the heart muscle circulates blood, yoga increases lymphatic flow with specific breathing and movement practices. Inversions, a fundamental part of a strong yoga practice, utilize movement and body positioning to reverse the effects of gravity on our body, enhancing the process of cardiovascular and lymphatic drainage.

Another way in which yoga detoxifies the body is through compression. B. K. S. Iyengar called it the “squeeze and soak” process, which cleans internal organs in the same way that a sponge discharges dirty water when squeezed. For example, abdominal twists activate internal organs and guide the release of toxins into the lymphatic system.

Yoga detoxifies the mind as well. A survivor lives with the fear of cancer returning, and this daily anxiety is a mental toxin. We can detoxify the mind by using the movement of the breath, by relaxing into gravity in a restorative pose, and by quietly watching our thoughts in meditation.

Yoga builds bones. How are strong bones linked to cancer prevention? Our bones house bone marrow, where new red and white blood cells are constantly being produced. White blood cells are needed to form leukocytes, our natural cancer-fighting immune cells. If our bones are compromised from a break or from osteoporosis (a side effect of chemotherapy), so too is the production of a nourishing blood supply and immune protection.

A recent pilot study by Kripalu presenter Loren Fishman, MD, applied yoga practice to sufferers of osteoporosis (decrease in bone mass) and osteopenia (reduction in bone volume). The results showed that 85 percent of the yoga practitioners gained bone in both the spine and hip, while nearly every member of the control group maintained or lost bone mass. I believe yoga is safer for strong bone building than many gym routines, because it puts weight on the bones in a precise, deliberate way.

Yoga reduces stress. Cancer patients and survivors experience stress similar to that endured by military veterans. They are bombarded by frightening information, subjected to invasive procedures, and must endure cold clinics and blank stares.

A 2009 study of cancer survivors developed and tested a concept that measures how we respond to “post-traumatic stress growth,” the positive flip side to suffering with stress. This growth occurs when people make the traumatic event a pivotal point in their life, changing their situation by making lemonade out lemons—ultimately thriving after cancer, for instance. The thriving survivor enjoys her blissful moments, which can lead to further change and the ability to find positive ways to manage stress.

Yoga can enhance that positivity. The results of a 2009 study on the effects of yoga on emotions found an increase in positive emotions such as calmness and a sense of purpose in more than 50 percent of subjects. Women participating in a 10-week program of restorative yoga classes gained positive differences in aspects of mental health such as depression, positive emotions, and spirituality (feeling calm and peaceful), as compared to the control group.

Yoga is weight management. Obesity is a key, if not the largest, indicator of both cancer incidence and recurrence. In the United States, excess body weight is thought to contribute to as many as one out of five cancer-related deaths, and being overweight or obese is clearly linked with an increased risk of several types of cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that obese individuals increase weekly exercise to 300 minutes per week to reduce the chances of cancer or recurrence.

Research on the impact of yoga on weight gain is still in the early stages. One study showed that yoga had a more positive impact on obesity and depression than aerobic exercise. While yoga for cancer survivors often focuses on gentle or restorative yoga methods (which are necessary and beneficial approaches), it can and should be active, and therefore calorie burning—while also being safe, physically accessible, welcoming, and inclusive. Yoga can help cancer survivors manage weight gain, which improves self-esteem and the ability to function normally, and ultimately reduces the risk of recurrence and mortality.

The benefits of yoga for cancer prevention are profound and well substantiated. For yoga teachers who work with cancer survivors and those in treatment, having specific knowledge about the benefits and modifications for this community is imperative. Teachers must understand the limitations and requirements in order to support this community to practice effectively and safely.

Tari Prinster, a cancer survivor, master yoga teacher, and author of Yoga for Cancer, developed Yoga4Cancer (y4c)methodology using contemporary research on cancer and yoga. Tari has trained more than a thousand yoga teachers and worked with thousands of survivors in her weekly classes and retreats. She is the founder and president of the Retreat Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to help underserved cancer survivors through yoga.

Sources:

  • http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerbasics/questions-people-ask-about-cancer
  • http://www.sciatica.org/downloads/YogaOsteoporosis_PilotStudy.pdf
  • http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0061910
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12883106
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3573546/
  • http://www.cancer.org/healthy/eathealthygetactive/acsguidelinesonnutritionphysicalactivityforcancerprevention/acs-guidelines-on-nutrition-and-physical-activity-for-cancer-prevention-guidelines
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y4c & Making Strides on Sunday Oct 19th! http://y4c.com/2014/10/y4c-making-strides-on-sunday-oct-19th/ http://y4c.com/2014/10/y4c-making-strides-on-sunday-oct-19th/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:13:24 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=3612 Continue reading ]]>  

The yoga4cancer team is proud to be part of the 2014 Making Strides in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Tari and Jennifer Brilliant will be hosting warm up yoga sessions for all the participants before their walk.  The event has already raised over $1M to help survivors. Plus, the event itself helps get participating survivors moving and achieving their 150 minutes of exercise per week (ACS recommendation).  So we are thrilled to help them achieve their goal!

All the participants will be provided information about y4c classes in NYC so they can join our growing community. Please join me in welcoming them!

To sign up, donate, volunteer or just learn more, please visit Making Strides.

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Benefit #7: Yoga Helps Manage Pain http://y4c.com/2014/10/benefit-7-yoga-helps-manage-pain/ http://y4c.com/2014/10/benefit-7-yoga-helps-manage-pain/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:52:32 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=3296 Continue reading ]]>  

by Tari Prinster. Excerpt from ‘Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors’.  Pre-Order Today!

Dorothy is a tall, attractive Polish woman who is fifty-four years old. She had a double mastectomy when she was fifty-two, which was then followed by eight months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She tests positive for BRAC 1, the breast cancer gene. Her mother died of breast cancer at age forty-seven. Dorothy expressed concern to me before a recent yoga class about a new pain she was experiencing in her shoulder blades. As if whispering a secret, she asked me if it could be cancer. I was not surprised by her question, but asked her if she felt any pain when two years earlier she detected her breast cancer. “No,” she said, “Only a lump. . . . ”

It is not easy to listen to the body. We get so many aches and pains before, during, and after cancer. Most are not caused by cancer, but that is the fear. As survivors we are hyper-alert to new body sensations and naturally, we worry. The nervous system is a tricky alarm system sending signals that are sometimes confusing, false, or, as was the case with Dorothy, misunderstood.

Tari with Student in supported Childs PoseUntil advanced stages, most cancers do not cause pain. Rather, the treatment and their side effects can cause pain, not the cancer itself. Acknowledging this fact and then applying curiosity mixed with practical information help us manage our pain as well as our fears. In my conversations with Dorothy later on, she realized that the pain she was feeling, although real, was not due to cancer. Rather, it was a strained back muscle! During class, we did many poses and patterned movements that gave her relief and insights into how she was using her shoulder and arm.

But a yoga practice can reduce pain. Studies have concluded that yoga can help reduce pain for both non-cancer and cancer populations.14 Simple breathing exercises can ‘quiet the mind’ and provide respite from the sensations of pain.  Restorative poses – included in the active y4c method – enables the body to relax, heal and improves sleep.  Additionally,  the y4c methodology modifies traditional yoga poses so that individuals can practice with less pain and ease. There are ways to help you manage body sensations and to modify poses according to your body’s needs and the changing circumstances of your recovery on a daily basis.

An example of a pose that can be pain relieving but requires modification for SOME survivors is Childs Pose.  Read here for an explanation of how to modify this pose to enable the end benefit of relaxation and relief from pain, anxiety and stress.

Read the other Yoga Benefits here.  

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Simple Ways to Manage Lymphedema http://y4c.com/2014/10/simple-ways-to-manage-lymphedema/ http://y4c.com/2014/10/simple-ways-to-manage-lymphedema/#comments Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:21:59 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=3590

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Pink is making me go Red! http://y4c.com/2014/10/pink-is-making-me-go-red/ http://y4c.com/2014/10/pink-is-making-me-go-red/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:54:03 +0000 http://y4c.com/?p=3580 Continue reading ]]>  

Enough’s enough. As my husband watched the NFL yesterday, I became RED from pink-washing. A blatant profiteering from our basic human fear and spreading of false information.

Here’s why: Breast Cancer Month dates back to 1985 and a partnership with American Cancer Society and Imperial Chemical Company – largest producer of mammogram machines and anti-breast cancer drugs. Interesting, how a government agency and for-profit industry have captured our attention, energy, and compassion, MONEY and painting a whole month the color pink. Their core message is that early detection through mammograms saves lives. And honestly, once, I was on the pink wagon (despite hating the color).

But that was 1985. Cancer research and science has moved on since then, why can’t we?  My own personal experience – having two mammograms that failed to detect my palpable fast growing tumor – and similar experiences of many of my students. But most importantly the huge volume of research indicating that mammograms do not – statistically – save lives. And, actually, the research indicates that 22% women are over diagnosed and undergo unnecessary treatment that face life time of side effects.  Additional this fear mongering increase use of other diagnostic tools like X-rays and CT scans that is well known to be environmental cause of breast cancer.  Not to mention the stress!

Pinkwashing_2501Worse these businesses make loads of money and give very little of the proceeds to the actual cause.  For example, the NFL Crucial Catch campaign has turned American’s fall pastime pink through promotions, merchandise, partnerships, and events. It raises millions around the message of breast cancer awareness and early detection through mammograms. And only 8% of the profits of this pink flood goes to cancer research. Yes… 8%.

Don’t get me wrong, I support many great causes this October both personally and professionally (well… maybe not the NFL) and especially those that get people moving as exercise is the #1 tool to prevent and recover from cancer. For example, I will be leading a y4c class in the Making Strides event in Central Park. The Cancer to 5K team is actively coming to our free classes.  And heck, we run our own non-profit where no one earns a salary and all the donations go to help run a program that directly help survivors gain strength, balance and sense of well being.  So my advice is not for you to STOP partaking in the pink flood but use your C-words in vetting those that we participate, purchase, partake…

  • Caution for how and what our money is being collected for.
  • Curiosity about the messages and facts behind the causes.
  • So ultimately our Compassion is accurately directed to the causes that truly help survivors and non-survivors.

Here are some great articles and movements for you to learn more!

  1. Sign the Breast Cancer Action petition – ‘Think Before You Pink!’
  2. Top 10 Tips of Prevention.  Great tips to remove toxins from your life!
  3. Learn more about the NFL Crucial Catch hypocrisy.  Great article! Love
  4. British Journal of Medicine 15 year comprehensive finding on Mammograms. Key message: Annual screening doesn’t improve mortality and 22 percent of breast cancers diagnosed by a screening mammogram were over diagnosis. Causing unnecessary treatment treatments long-lasting side-effects.

Lets join together and help these well intentioned (lets pretend the bottom dollar isn’t the key motivator) business, brands and people from spreading this harmful mis-understanding. Focus them on what is really needed.  Prevention, Eduction and Care.

Give Today! If you are lost at where to give and support, a quick plug for our non-profit.  Again, 100% of the proceeds go to helping survivors (all survivors) live longer, healthier and happier lives through yoga and other wellness programs. Today we offer several classes per week in NYC, with your help, we could go further.  Give today!

 

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