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Grace & Fire: How to use Yoga and Mindfulness to Navigate Cancer

Breathing in I calm.
Breathing out I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
It is a precious moment.
~Thich Nhat Hahn
A cancer diagnosis is one of the most terrifying things one might ever face. There is no arguing that long-term and potentially terminal illness is a scary, painful, life-altering, mind-bending, and disruptive experience, however, if we reframe this seemingly insurmountable challenge, and are able to get to a place where we can think of cancer, not as a death sentence, but as an opportunity to prove just how willing we are to engage with life, cancer has the potential to be our greatest teacher.
Join me in a four week exploration of this unique initiation. From my own 3 year battle with both breast and cervical cancer, I will share with you pragmatic pearls of wisdom gleamed from the chemo ward, my personal reflections from treatment, and several meditation and asana practices you, and your caregivers can use to help cope with the specific challenges of diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and recovery. I will gently encourage you to practice gratitude daily, and through the use of social media, stay with you on your journey.
Your course includes:
  • 7 gentle yoga and meditation flows; filmed in Costa Rica and Nantucket
  • 4 live meditation/reflection calls centered around the themes of diagnosis, chemotherapy, surgery, and recovery, combined with time for personal reflection and journaling
  • supporting reading materials; articles and blog posts from my own personal journey
  • resources for patients and caregivers
  • private FaceBook group for participants
  • recommended reading list
  • recommended playlist for specific chapters of your journey
Recommended Reading List:
“Being Well (even when you’re sick): Mindfulness Practices for People with Cancer and Other Serious Illnesses” by Elana Rosenbaum
“Survival Lessons” by Alice Hoffman
“In the Body of the World” by Eve Ensler
“Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow” by Elizabeth Lesser
“Everyday Grace: Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles” by Marianne Williamson
“Yoga for Cancer” by Tari Printer
Musical Resources for Insomnia, Chemo, Nausea, and Pre and Post Surgery

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