Time for healing

Yoga instructor Patti McBain. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d440982
Yoga instructor Patti McBain. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d440982

Kinross resident Sandra Josephs said spotting a flyer on a hospital noticeboard had led her to sign up for her first six-week term of yoga classes.

The flyer invited people dealing with cancer to contact the Cancer Council of WA about free yoga classes around Perth, including at Trans Genesis School of Yoga in Clarkson.

�When I started, I was five weeks post-surgery for a bilateral mastectomy,� Mrs Josephs said.

�It�s been really useful to have that outlet � you are doing something for yourself.

�It�s nice to know that you are going to be referred to someone who is going to be sympathetic. She knows you and where you are in relation to your post-operative cancer treatments.�

Clarkson resident Fiona Mears said as a carer for someone who had cancer, she appreciated taking the time for herself with the Cancer Council�s support.

�I�m not leaving him; I don�t feel guilty,� she said.

�There�s no pressure � it�s just a very relaxed, calm.

�Before I went I don�t think I had any appreciation of how important it was going to be.�

Quinns Rocks resident Val Brown had cancer 15 years ago and said she was pleased to learn she could still join the classes.

�Yoga empowers us cancer survivors to participate in continual mind and body healing,� she said.

The Cancer Council and Trans Genesis School of Yoga will provide another term of free yoga classes for people living with cancer and their carers from August 19.

The Wednesday classes will run from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

To book a place, call the Cancer Council on 13 11 20.