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Yoga for Breast Cancer

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With Michelle Grim, physician's assistant, yoga therapist in training

Cancer treatment can often involve surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy, all of which have shown to be highly effective in treating the cancer itself, but often leave behind challenges in their wake.  Many cancer patients experience residual pain, functional impairments, or anxiety or depression during and after the completion of their cancer treatments. 

Therapeutic applications of yoga can offer an amazing practice that promotes wellness during and after cancer treatments, and also offers an empowering and supportive environment for participants to encounter their own capabilities for healing. Yoga can offer physically soothing practices, practices that decrease anxiety, and can be modified to meet physical challenges.

In this workshop, expect to cover the following topics:

- Safety in physical practice after surgery

- Understanding pain after cancer treatments, including surgery and medical treatments

- Pain management strategies 

- Asana that may improve changes associated with surgery and other cancer treatments

- Relaxation strategies

- Creating a sankalpa and a practice that supports you through times of challenge

Cost: $40/person

Michelle has been studying the human body since she was four years old (according to her parents, at least), when she was found studying her mother's "Grey's Anatomy" book hiding in the office closet. It was clear she was fascinated by the body, and that innate passion led her into the sciences, eventually pursuing a western medicine track of study. Michelle followed a focused course through college and into her master's level education, obtaining a Master's in Physician Assistant.

Michelle’s personal yoga practice began in 2002. The mind body practices she fell in love with on the mat led her into a 200 hour training with Core Power Yoga in 2009.  Beginning in 2016, she became intensely interested in experiences of physical and emotional healing she’d had during her personal practice and was fueled into a deep exploration of the philosophy of yoga and it's approach to the mind body connection. As a physician assistant and scientist at heart, a period of deep research began, and, within a year, she found herself studying the philosophy of yoga and its integrated approach to healing through an 800 hour yoga therapy certification program with Inner Peace Yoga. The training offered her the opportunity to study with teachers such as Maria Mendola, Nischala Joy Devi, Chinnamasta Stiles, Amy Weintraub, Neil Pearson, and Jai Dev Singh. She has since completed your RYT-500 hour training and continues to explore the therapeutic applications of yoga in an 800 hour course of study with Inner Peace Yoga Therapy.

Integrating both western medicine and the philosophy and practices of yoga has become an area of deep passion for Michelle.  She is committed to integrating these two worlds through education and direct experience. Allowing others to experience the mind body connection is the foundation of her teaching. 

Earlier Event: September 18
Introduction to Yoga: A Six-Week Series
Later Event: September 29
Deep Restore Using Yoga Therapy Balls