Yoga Over 45

Feel fitter, stronger, for longer

 

Although heart disease still has the largest number of fatalities in the modern world, cancer is probably one of the most feared diseases. Treatments have improved dramatically over recent years, and the numbers of people surviving cancer for longer are increasing, but the treatments take their toll and unpleasant side effects and stress are common.
Yoga can help people with cancer in a number of ways.

Whilst cancer can leave people feeling too weak to attempt any vigorous exercise, yoga can be adapted to meet almost anyone’s needs.

Here are some of the ways in which yoga can help:

•    Restorative poses can help relax and energise the body and require almost no physical effort.

•    Therapeutic yoga helps you really listen to the body and teaches the movements at various levels so everyone can benefit.

•    Relaxation, breathing exercises and meditation can help with pain.

•    The yoga philosophy can be really useful for people with cancer; encouraging as it does, the individual to listen to the messages from your body (physical and emotional) and adjust how you manage your practice to suit.

Whilst there are no scientific studies on whether yoga can improve the survival rate for people with cancer, there are a growing number of studies which show it does have some benefits for those who practise regularly.
Benefits can include less anxiety, depression, confusion, anger, fatigue diarrhoea and emotional irritability. Some find their pain lessens.

The key to yoga for anyone with cancer is to go gently, and to teach a routine which can easily be continued at home for maximum benefit.  

Therapeutic classes focus on helping you tune in to your body. You learn a number of movements  taught at various levels - so no matter where you’re at in terms of your ability, you will be able to execute the movement and benefit from it. We’ll teach you how to use simple props to help you with the movements and you’ll learn how to breathe in a way which can revitalise and calm the mind.

Learn more about the yoga for cancer programme below.

Please note: This therapeutic programme will not begin until the second half of 2015. If you are interested please contact us.

What you’ll experience:

  • An individual assessment of your current flexibility, strength and any health issues.
  • An initial 10 session programme which will give you your own plan to:
  1. Increase flexibility in your muscles and joints
  2. Strengthen your spine, reducing risk of back pain
  3. Learn how to relax muscles to release stress or tension from life pressures or after strenuous exercise
  4. Improve balance
  5. Ease aches and pains in joints

How programmes work:

Ideally, join a "kick-start" programme first.

You'll learn enough in these 10 sessions to be able to continue on your own at home if you want to.

You don’t have to attend specific dates - but you do have to attend 10 sessions over a 16 week period. This is to help you really get used to the new exercises, to set your personal health goals, establish your own personal routine and begin to encourage new habits which will stick.


After your 10 sessions you can continue either as a drop in, or choose one of the discounted regular user options.

 

Specialised classes for supporting cancer patients do not begin until later in 2015.

Contact us if you are interested in joining these classes and we'll ensure you are the first to know when they begin!

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Interested In Therapeutic Yoga or more personalised sessions?

If you suffer with a severe medical condition it may be that therapeutic and restorative sessions which teach you  more restorative postures and breathing techniques in smaller groups or 1-1 might be best for you - at least initially.

If you'd like more information or want to register your interest in these sessions, then simply complete the form below and we'll get back to you very shortly.

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