To help cancer patients and survivors manage treatment side effects and cancer recovery through evidence based Oncology Yoga.
Why is this work necessary?
Cancer in Our World
- 40% of the world’s population will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.
- 17 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed worldwide each year.
- 68% of people will survive.
The cancer survivor population is large and growing due to the advancements in treatments. However, cancer treatment cause short and long term side effects that require management to improve long term health and survival.
Oncologists recommend yoga.
Yoga seems an obvious path for cancer patients and survivors coping with difficult treatments and their ongoing side effects. In fact, oncologist and cancer organizations are recommending yoga and exercise as part of a cancer survivors recovery and management plan.
Both the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends between to 150 – 320 minutes of yoga per week to speed recovery or defend against cancer occurrence and reoccurrence. The 2018 guidelines highlighted that an active yoga practice (mentioning Vinyasa) was necessary.
But, not all yoga is the same and for cancer survivors the needs are different.
- True compassion flows from knowledge and facts.
- Without specific training, a yoga professional is not equipped to understand the unique physical and emotional needs and challenges of those touched by cancer.
- Over the past decade, the volume of research to support yoga as a safe and effective way to manage cancer side-effects has grown.
Our evidence informed Oncology Yoga method and training programs provide the education, support and advocacy so that cancer patients and survivors achieve the exercise guidelines in safe and effective ways.
What is Oncology Yoga?
Oncology Yoga is an evidence informed yoga method tailored to address the specific physical and emotional needs left by the cancer and cancer treatments. It is an active practice that matches breath and movement to mitigate the short and long term side effects that cancer patients and survivors face like bone loss, lymphedema, scar tissue, constipation, neuropathy, fatigue, anxiety and many more.
yoga4cancer is Oncology Yoga.
yoga4cancer is designed to help cancer survivors achieve the oncology and healthcare organization recommendation to speed recovery or defend against cancer reoccurrence. Each session will:
- build strength and flexibility
- strengthen the immune system and the lymphatic function
- reduce cancer related fatigue
- improve sleep and reduce anxiety
- increase bone density
- help manage common side effects like lymphedema, constipation and neuropathy
- and encourage survivors to participate in their wellness plan
Tari wrote a book on oncology yoga
Yoga for Cancer – Tari’s Book
In the 5-Star reviewed Yoga for Cancer, Tari Prinster, the founder of yoga4cancer, shares her personal and professional experience in using yoga to manage the challenges of cancer and it’s treatment.
- Learn carefully selected yoga poses and sequences
- Create a safe, home yoga practice
- Adaptable for all levels of ability and addressing all cancer types
- Learn the science and research on both yoga and cancer
- Share in real life stories
- Available in English, Spanish and Japanese.
Research White Paper
Yoga Interventions for Cancer Patients and Survivors
A robust review of existing research on the impact of yoga on cancer survivors and patients and the short- and long-term side effects cancer survivors face. Plus an initial guide to healthcare professionals on how to include a yoga intervention in their institution.
- Developed by medical writers, oncologist, researchers and y4c team.
- Translated into Japanese and Spanish.
- Printed copies to be distributed to over 100 hospitals, cancer centers and oncology leaders.
- Funded by the generous donors and contributors of yoga4cancer Foundation.
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