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.
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. The end result – spark in the eye and spring into the steps are back!
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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.
Harry came to us two days before the opening of the program, referred by my friend, a medical doctor. A quiet man from Canada with stage four lymphoma, he had just finished chemotherapy…
Jyotsna came to us for the Rejuvenation for Cancer Patients Program in March 2015. A 35-year-old Indian homemaker from Delhi, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33.
“I attended the three week Rejuvenation Retreat for Cancer Patients conducted by Lee Majewski in October 2016 in India. This program is based on the practices and philosophy of Yoga. The retreat is very intense and had a very positive impact on all participants. It helped me to get over my emotional stresses and I came back physically recharged and with a lot of positive energy. Being healthy requires not only physical fitness but also a healthy mind and emotional well-being. Lee has a very good knowledge of yoga practices. She uses techniques like meditation and Yoga Nidra to delve into the psyche of the participants. Using specific interventions, she is able to bring out the suppressed negative emotions, which accumulate during the cancer treatments. She then helped participants to unburden these negative feelings and effectively get over them. Her capacity to understand the human mind and handling the emotions is excellent. She is truly a committed professional who understands the needs and emotions of people who have been through the trauma of cancer.”
– Kanwar Seth
• 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.