Yoga classes benefit cancer patients [Letter]

Yoga classes at Medical Pavilion in Columbia have provided cancer survivors with consistent support, a safe place to heal, both convenient and affordable since 2009. Many participants hear about it through the Cancer Resource Center after a diagnosis. Classes inspire confidence, build strength, while dealing with cancer and later maintaining health. One can feasibly take gentle yoga class for cancer survivors when starting chemotherapy, continuing on through subsequent radiation treatments during a challenging time in one’s life. Taught with caring and compassion, classes quickly become a highlight of the week and continue to do so years later. Everyone tries not to miss sessions.

Classes have a threefold benefit: opportunity for encouragement by cancer survivors, “who have been there”; yoga techniques heal our body, mind and spirit (studies indicate the benefits; we experience them weekly!); our warm and enthusiastic teacher, Heather Thamer, individualizes teaching to our needs. Currently 15 take class weekly. A success factor is that classes are in the same building where many see doctors, have lab work and treatment. Comraderie resulting from classes results in some staying to lunch together at the deli.

The foresight of the founders of Healing Point, Brendan and Bridget Hughes, to have classes available at a medical location makes perfect sense. Yoga, hidden gem of treatment process for cancer, is extremely therapeutic. We appreciate its availability.

Thank you Howard County General Hospital, Claudia Mayer/ Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center and staff of Healing Point.

Dot Keczmerski

and members of 10 a.m. Tuesday yoga class

Columbia

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