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LBBC Releases Guide to Understanding Yoga and Breast Cancer

The new guide introduces readers to the practice of yoga and its benefits for women with breast cancer

September 11, 2013

We are proud to announce the release of the newest title in our Guide to Understanding Breast Cancer series – the  Guide to Understanding Yoga and Breast Cancer.

Yoga and Breast Cancer joins twenty other LBBC publications, available in print and electronic formats, designed to address the needs of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The guide was written by Jana Hill, a freelance writer, editor and certified yoga instructor, and reviewed by a committee made up of more than a dozen oncologists, yoga professionals and LBBC staff. In addition, physicians such as Virginia Borges, MD, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Division of Medical Oncology, reviewed the publication. Women diagnosed with breast cancer also provided insight for the guide, sharing their stories of how practicing yoga helped them during and after treatment.  

“Women face many decisions after being diagnosed with breast cancer,” says Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP, LBBC’s chief executive officer. “Many find yoga helps them not only to relax but also provides a low-impact way to stay moving without complicating the effects of their treatment. This guide offers them clear instructions on how to incorporate yoga into their lives if they choose to do so.”

Yoga and Breast Cancer introduces readers to this ancient practice of spiritual and physical wellness by offering tips on getting started and providing details to help them understand the benefits and risks of incorporating yoga into an overall wellness plan following a breast cancer diagnosis. In addition, the guide offers an explanation of what makes yoga different from other forms of exercise, questions to ask healthcare providers about using yoga during and after treatment and how the practice can be beneficial both physically and psychologically. The thirty-three page guide, which is divided into five sections and written in clear and easy-to-understand language, will be officially introduced at Yoga on the Steps: Denver.  

Originating in 2002, Yoga on the Steps is an hour-long yoga class designed for individuals with all levels of experience, followed by a Healthy Living Expo featuring local health and wellness vendors. The event has grown into our signature education and fundraising program. Events are hosted annually in Philadelphia, Pa., Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Miss., and Denver, Colo.

“Yoga on the Steps is a way for individuals to stand in solidarity with those diagnosed with breast cancer while experiencing the physical and psychological attributes of yoga,” Jean adds. “We believe that yoga and meditation can play a powerful role in a woman’s life after a breast cancer diagnosis as long as she has the resources to help her make informed decisions and be an advocate for her own health. We’re excited that we can enhance this great event by introducing a new Guide to Understanding Breast Cancer that specifically outlines the advantages of practicing yoga. In addition to this guide, LBBC has many other resources which can be found at lbbc.org.”

If you would like to learn more about the event, which takes place Sunday, September 15 at Cheesman Park, visit yogaonthesteps.org for additional information and registration instructions.  Free, individual copies of Yoga and Breast Cancer are available online or by calling (610) 645-4567. Larger quantities may be ordered for a small shipping and handling fee.

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