PARTICIPATING in specially tailored exercise programs can complement the treatment of people living with cancer, according to the Cancer Council.
The organisation’s Life Now program, which offers yoga, exercise and mindfulness classes specifically run to help people with cancer and their carers, is about to start again in North Coogee, Hilton and East Fremantle.
Yogaveda Wellness’s Nikki Leaf, who will be running the yoga program, said yoga helps attendees connect with their body in a positive way, outside of the often-uncomfortable treatments and surgeries they have to endure.
“The gentle, supported yoga stretches start to open up the body, gradually increasing the range of movement in the body,” she said.
“They also help to deal with the pain and discomfort that can be associated with living with cancer.
“Results from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre which are conducting ongoing studies of the efficacy of yoga as part of a treatment program for women with breast cancer are promising so far; breast cancer patients who practise yoga while undergoing radiation therapy have lower levels of stress hormones and a better quality of life.”
Visit www.cancerwa.asn.au or call 13 11 20 for more information or to register.