‘Mindfulness Yoga for Cancer’ program

Helping Cancer patients with Yoga

Helping Cancer patients with Yoga

FLORIDA: The Cancer Center of Martin Health System (MHS) headquartered in Stuart (Florida) is offering a six-week “Mindfulness Yoga for Cancer” program starting September 19.

This free program uses techniques such as mindfulness meditation, yoga and stretching, breath awareness and body awareness. Kim Romer and Nancy Aldrich are the facilitators.

Participants will learn about mindfulness and cancer, coping with and responding to stress and calming the anxious mind. Mindfulness meditation, yoga and stretching, and breath and body awareness techniques are used to deepen practice.

Welcoming this initiative on the part of the Center, Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, Yoga was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.

Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization.

According to US National Institute of Health, Yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress.

Award-winning MHS, health care organization founded in 1939 which offers cancer care besides various other services, has received Outstanding Achievement Award from Commission on Cancer besides various other honors. John Loewenberg is Board Chairman, while Robert L. Lord Junior is the Chief Executive Officer.

Madhu Patel