Yoga for Health Institute created “Beyond Cancer – Healing the Whole Being”, a residential yoga intensive program designed specifically to follow cancer treatments. Our team provides cancer patients with insightful knowledge, along with the tools and techniques needed to recover from the emotional and physical side effects of cancer treatment. Throughout the 21-day intensive retreat, we work to educate and empower our clients to connect and experience their own healing power so that they can regain a sense of control and balance, recovering the mind, body and spirit.
We have identified a big gap in the cancer health care systems around the world. Cancer patients typically undergo months or years of treatments, which often result in severe side effects such as tension, pain, neuropathy, physical fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog), depression, mental confusion and loss of short-term memory. Once a patient completes the treatment, doctors often explain that they have done all they could and offer no further support. Unfortunately, over 80% of patients suffer from severe side effects after ending their treatments, often not even realizing, simply because the slow growth of side effects over a long period of time is not easily noticeable.
To fill the gap in the cancer health care system. We work towards providing patients with the tools and resources to effectively heal their body, mind and emotions. We help to bring back spark in the eye and spring into the steps of cancer patients, empowering them with new beginnings in life.
The Beyond Cancer – Healing the Whole Being retreat is tailored to all who have finished their cancer treatments and would like to quickly feel well again. Our intensive retreat is based on yogic science, which helps patients manage their diseases and symptoms. We introduce practices such as, breath management techniques (pranayama), meditation, chanting, mudras and bandhas (yogic locks), deep relaxation of Yoga Nidra, yogic postures (asanas), and implement these into patient’s daily routines. Join us for the experience of a lifetime!
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The philosophy of yoga sees humans as being existing on many systemic levels: body, energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual. The balance in between these levels means good health; lack of balance means disease. Yoga therapy addresses these levels through many evidence-based yogic tools that are taught in the program.
Week one encompasses the Introduction and practices of yogic techniques: pranayama, meditation, restorative yoga with mudras, asanas, Yoga Nidra and chanting. We chose specific research-evidence practices experienced both on a practical level and through lectures on anatomy and the physiology of yoga.
• 1 hour of gentle asanas
• 1 hour of pranayama (breath management techniques)
• 1 hour of meditation
• 1 hour of Restorative Yoga with mudras (hand positions)
• 1 hour of Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)
• 30 minutes of chanting
• 1.5 hours of lecture or group work
• 30 minutes of yogic counselling upon request
At the moment, Beyond Cancer – Healing the Whole Being is offered at the locations listed above. The retreat helps cancer patients to reclaim their lives, therefore our long-term goal is to implement this program in cancer centres around the world.