The days will start at 9.30am and will include a mixture of physical practice, lectures and working in smaller groups or breakout rooms. There will be a break in the morning and the afternoon and 1 hour for lunch. The day will end at 5.30pm and we will finish with pranayama / meditation.
There will also be opportunity to observe a yoga for cancer class. Each day will begin with a practice suitable for anyone diagnosed with cancer so that you have the opportunity to experience four different classes and the adaptations that might be necessary, followed by discussion of the focus set for each class. Each practice will include the use of mudras and pranayama.
Day 1: Gentle practice with mudras the importance of building back strength slowly. Overview of cancer terminology and diagnosis. How to create a safe and healing environment. Understanding stress, fear and anxiety and the impact of living with cancer. Treatment for cancer and how to start creating a toolbox of poses and adjustments to help with the side effects of treatment and diagnosis.
Day 2: Guest Speaker Louise Malone Specialist Oncology Physiotherapist at LOC will talk on how movement helps to maximise a person’s function before, during or after treatment. How it can help with, and even prevent side effects of systemic treatment such as muscle weakness, peripheral neuropathy and treatment related fatigue (TRF). Stronger practice with mantras. Breast cancer treatment and reconstruction and its implications. Modifying the practice and the importance of building back range of motion and strength. How to create compassionate classes that start with ourselves. Building on our toolbox. Lymphoedema specific exercises.
Day 3: Empathy practice. Koshas a multidimensional approach to healing. Hormones and menopause, building our toolbox to support the side effects. Osteoporosis and building bone strength. The big Cs are also Community and Connection. Group class planning. How we can start to put what we have learnt into practice. Working in small groups in breakout rooms. Secondary Cancer.
Day 4: Guest Speaker Liliana Branco Supportive Care/Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist will talk to us about how to support those in palliative care. The importance of learning to relax on a deeper level including Meditation, Yoga Nidra and guided relaxation. The business of teaching yoga for cancer.