Bend to mend: Yoga classes offered to cancer patients

Aug. 4, 2010

The Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare are proud to sponsor YogaTHRIVE! classes. Yoga has helped many people improve their physical and mental health while learning breathing techniques and relaxing positions. The slow and gentle one-hour sessions begin at 4 p.m. every Tuesday at Harmony Yoga, 611 N. Leroux, Flagstaff.

Experienced instructor Jessica Lorey will teach postures and techniques that are suitable for individuals of all abilities including people currently undergoing cancer treatment. The class is free for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

Yoga provides an avenue for relaxation by relieving the stress and anxiety often associated with cancer and its treatment. Yoga promotes flexibility, strength, balance and relaxation. Gently stretching the muscles and soft tissues of the body releases the lactic acid buildup that can cause stiffness, tension, pain and fatigue. Increased range of motion and lubrication in the joints are added benefits. Because stress can take a toll on the immune system, practices like yoga can be important in the healing process.

The Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare are located in Flagstaff and Sedona. Each campus offers patients highly experienced multidisciplinary teams providing board-certified radiation and medical oncologists, oncology-certified nurses, patient navigators, social workers and dietitians to provide an overall comprehensive approach to excellent cancer care.

To learn more about the services and care offered at the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, visit or call toll free 800 854-7744.
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