This class is specifically formatted to address the physical and emotional needs of those affected by cancer and it's treatments. Whether you are newly diagnosed, in treatment, or a survivor, yoga can further your journey of recovery. Physically, yoga can build strength and flexibility in safe ways, stimulate the immune system and move lymph and build bone density. Yoga also gives cancer patients and survivors a venue to build community and feel empowered to take control of their well-being. All experience levels are welcome, but participants must have the ability to get up and down from the floor without assistance. HOW IS THIS CLASS DIFFERENT FROM A REGULAR YOGA CLASS? Yoga for Cancer Support (YCS) and Beyond focuses on stimulating the immune system through movement, improves flexibility, builds strength, eases anxiety, and gives students a sense of community through shared experience and resources. This free class is offered once a month on Sunday afternoon at 1pm at the Scarsdale studio. Although the YCS class and a gentle yoga class share similarities there are differences:
- Many poses are modified to address common side effects from cancer treatment (chemo, radiation, surgery, steroids, pain meds), along with conditions sometimes associated with treatment: lymphedema, bone loss (osteoporosis/osteopenia), scar tissue and tightness in surgical areas, ports, pain, anxiety, nausea, dizziness, constipation, neuropathy, weight gain and exhaustion.
- Class is slow paced and inclusive; you don’t need any yoga experience or to be naturally flexible to take the YCS class. There are no age or body type restrictions. If you become fatigued during class you may rest at any time, and chairs can be provided for your comfort.
- We have two yoga teachers co-teaching the class and alternating roles; one teaches and demonstrates while the other is more hands-on --assisting, supporting and guiding students.
- Explanations are given throughout class of how the poses help to deal with side effects.
- Balancing Poses are done at the wall for security, if needed.
- Restorative Poses are used to relax the body to optimize healing. A relaxed body heals faster. Before you come to class:
- Check with your doctor to make sure you’re able to participate in a YCS yoga class.
- Post surgical drains should be removed before coming to a group yoga class.
- It is always recommended that you have your own mat, but if not, mats, props and sanitary wipes are provided.
- Your caregiver, spouse - anyone sharing your experience - is welcome!! Upcoming Classes: Schedule Can't make it to one of the monthly classes? Check our schedule for YCS-friendly, compatible classes throughout the week. Look for the ☺on our paper schedules.
Yoga for Cancer Support Friendly Classes
- Monday, 9:30 am Extra Gentle in Tuckahoe
- Monday, 12:00 pm Mindful Movement: Yoga & Feldenkrais in Scarsdale
- Monday, 4:30 pm Extra Gentle in Tuckahoe
- Monday, 6:00 pm Yoga Fundamentals in Tuckahoe
- Wednesday, 9:30 am Yoga Fundamentals in Scarsdale
- Wednesday, 4:15 pm Yoga for Bone Health in Scarsdale
- Wednesday, 7:30 pm Level 1 in Tuckahoe
- Thursday, 11:30 am Extra Gentle in Tuckahoe
- Sunday, 9:30 am Yoga Fundamentals in Tuckahoe
- Sunday, 11:00 am Restorative Yoga in Scarsdale
Yoga Haven Partners with Memorial Sloan Kettering
We are pleased to announce that Yoga Haven has been vetted and chosen to partner with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to provide yoga classes for their patients! We look forward to working with MSK to expand the services available to those affected by cancer.
Get a Feel for A Class...
My favorite Yoga Haven class, with experienced, understanding teachers. There is a comforting, strong sense of unspoken solidarity and like-mindedness during the class. A must for anyone experiencing cancer related symptoms.
Teachers:Doris Eugenio looked to bring yoga to underserved populations upon getting her 200 hour certification in 2007 and Restorative Yoga Training in 2012 at Yoga Haven. Doris has completed The Yoga for Cancer training with Tari Prinster at Kripalu, along with the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training, and is a Reiki Master Level 1. Yoga in clinical and therapeutic applications has been her interest and passion ever since. For the past four years, Doris has worked with kids with cancer and their caregivers at Montefiore Children’s Hospital in the Bronx, a job she finds to be rich, fascinating and rewarding.
Christine Coyle became curious about yoga in 2008 while searching for something that was more than just an exercise routine. While experiencing health issues and personal loss, her continued yoga practice proved to create a method of support. She quickly became aware of the healing components that yoga has to offer. Promoting balance, flexibility and strength, as well as a connection to the mind, body and the spirit. Yoga teaches her to explore her own life's path on many levels. Christine completed her 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training certification under the direction of Betsy Kase at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, NY. Since then she furthered her trainings and is a certified Reiki Practitioner and certified in teaching Prenatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Meditation. She has completed her Yoga 4 Cancer certification with Tari Prinster at Kripalu. Christine's teaching approach is to provide a safe, nurturing and accessible path to yoga for every individual. She encourages students to explore a deeper mindful awareness to their entire self on all levels, to notice the body, the breath and to be present in the movement and in stillness. It is her desire to inspire others to explore yoga as a way of life to help cultivate a pathway to inner peace.
Debra Lee is a 200-hour certified, Kripalu yoga teacher. Years ago, after the loss of her best friend to cancer, Debra went to the Kripalu Center for a Health and Yoga retreat and had a spiritual awakening. Since then she has incorporated yoga in all aspects of her life. She often returns to Kripalu to energize her spirit and practice. Kripalu yoga is a practice of bringing the body, mind, and spirit into a state of harmony through breath, meditation, and asana. Debra sees her teaching as a way of passing on information that was so graciously given to her, and remains teachable by learning from her students. Debra lives in Westchester with her loving husband and cat Lulu. When she is not teaching yoga, Debra is a culinary trained chef instructor.
For Susan Harriss, yoga means sanctuary: a place to explore the inner life, to learn about the body and its wisdom, to explore the connections between the body, the mind and the soul. A 2018 graduate of the Yoga Haven 200 hour teacher training program, she is also certified as a Yoga4Cancer teacher, and holds the certificate from the Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher Training. A retired minister, she is especially mindful of the ways that the physical practice can support and enhance meditation. She enjoys working with older beginners and students with physical challenges. For her, teaching yoga is a path of joyful service.