Yoga for Cancer Support

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.

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!!
  • Can't make it on a Sunday afternoon? 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, 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

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.

Kathy Mandarano's yoga journey began in 2006 and prospered in 2010 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her treatment, she found solace and strength through yoga and her spiritual practice. After officially defeating cancer in 2012, Kathy began to think of ways to give back to the cancer community. She joined the Rye, YMCA Livestrong program and completed her first triathlon along with other cancer survivors. Kathy then traveled to Nashville, Tennessee where she was a positive example at the National Women's Survivor Cancer Convention to survivors as well as those with cancer. Realizing yoga helped both physically and mentally, Kathy decided to pursue her teacher training program at Yoga Haven and became a Registered Yoga Teacher. Kathy loves the healing effects of yoga as people of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities can enjoy yoga and adapt it to suit their individual needs. Kathy then became a Reiki I practitioner at Loving Touch Center and a certified teacher at both Children’s Yoga at Yoga Haven and Cancer for Yoga with Tari Prinster at Kripalu . Kathy wants to help those affected with cancer and allow yoga to breathe life back into their bodies. As a yoga teacher, Kathy hopes to “rejuvenate the souls of those with cancer, to cleanse their bodies and strengthen their immune systems which will maintain their health.“