Yoga for Survivors
The Yoga for Survivors® program evolved from Laura’s own cancer diagnosis in 2003. Its mission is to share the healing path of yoga with cancer survivors worldwide by providing safe, accessible classes to survivors of any type of cancer, at any stage of recovery. Yoga was one of the cornerstones of Laura’s healing and since 2005 she has established and taught Yoga for Survivors® classes in clinics, hospitals, cancer centers, and yoga studios in Colorado.
Laura trains other yoga instructors who want to teach cancer survivors, and presents at conferences and workshops. You can view the schedule for upcoming events here. If you are interested in reading what others have to say about Yoga for Survivors® please visit the press page. If you are interested in hosting Laura for an event at your facility contact her business manager Noelle.
Laura teaches a weekly class in Boulder, Colorado, for survivors of any type of cancer at any stage of recovery. These are small classes in which you receive personal attention and plenty of safe, gentle instruction. 1) Yoga for Survivors is appropriate for cancer patients and survivors at any stage of recovery, and 2) Yoga for Healing is for people with cancer, as well as any other illness, chronic disease, pain, or injury. To find out when and where classes meet please check the class schedule. If you are interested in classes outside of Boulder, you can find a list of other teachers who have trained with Laura, and their class information here.
Benefits of Yoga for Cancer Survivors
- Decreased stress and pain, and increased well-being
- Improved quality and quantity of sleep
- Restored strength and range of motion, improved lymphatic flow
- Enhanced energy, digestion, joint health, circulation, respiration, and endocrine function
- Camaraderie with other (wonderful) yogi-survivors
- Soothe anxiety, increased sense of groundedness
- Be more comfortable in your body, mind, and spirit when you have been diagnosed with cancer
Pre-Requisites & Information
Classes include postures that safely stretch, strengthen, and relax the body. Group class is appropriate for you if:
- You are reasonably mobile and can move independently
- Your needs can be addressed in a group setting
- All surgical incisions are healed
- Your platelet count is 20,000+
- Complete and submit the health questionnaire
Participants practice at their own pace; class is as gentle or challenging as you make it. You do not have to be experienced, coordinated, or feel good to come to class. Just come!
For those people who don’t match the above criteria, 1-on-1 sessions are available.
Before Your First Class
All classes are drop-in, meaning that you do not need to pre-register – just show up. However, you MUST contact the instructor prior to your first class. No exceptions. It is crucial that we are aware of your health history in order to maintain a safe and positive environment. Please arrive at your first class at least 10 minutes early. Thank you for your cooperation!
What to Bring
Please bring your own yoga mat and wear comfortable (but not overly baggy) clothes in which you can move freely. You may want to dress in layers.
Classes in Other Locations
These teachers have completed their Yoga for Survivors training with Laura and offer classes or privates in the communities listed below (alphabetically by state, then city). Please contact them directly for more information.
Additionally there are many teachers in the process of completing their certification, so feel free to contact Laura if you are looking for classes in other locations as there may be someone she can recommend.
|Heather O’Brien||2012||Arvada, CO||www.indigoelephantyoga.com||303.229.2378|
|Shari Turney||2013||Arvada, CO|
|Christa Brown||2013||Boulder, CO||www.yogawithchrista.com|
|Jean Leonard||2014||Boulder, CO||www.jeanleonardphd.com||303.868.5881|
|Steph Willner||2013||Boulder, CO||303.859.1392|
|Heidi Beachley||201||Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette CO||720.988.7817|
|Sarah Teddy||2013||Boulder/Denver, CO||www.sarahteddyyoga.com||585.613.1981|
|Maureen Sagan Cortes||2012||Colorado Springs, CO||719.229.9357|
|Denise Widner||2013||Colorado Springs, CO||www.denisewidner.com||719.271.0944|
|Kathy Baum||2013||Denver, CO||www.kathybaumyoga.com||303.854.8454|
|Keri O’Connell||2011||Denver, CO||www.omoftherockies.com||303.549.7526||Michelle Colarelli||2013||Denver, CO||www.cancercareyoga.com||303.917.3406|
|Tiffany Gossett||2012||Golden, CO||303.947.5857|
|Molly Armour, RYT||2011||Lafayette, CO||307.413.8313|
|Karen Kirby||2013||Lakewood, CO||303.827.8434|
|Elena Haykin||2012||Longmont & Aurora, CO||www.haykinyoga.com||303.810.2204|
|Lisa Sanchez||2013||Longmont, CO||720.422.4423|
|Lynn Andrews||2011||Ridgeway, CO||www.renewedyoga.wix.com/renewedyoga||414.507.1904|
|Nina Darlington||2012||Steamboat Springs, CO||www.yogacenterofsteamboat.com||970.879.3208|
|Nancy Stannard||2012||Woodland Park, CO||www.gentleyoga4healing.com||719.237.6547|
|Karen Plumley||2013||Chicago, IL||773.307.8408|
|Sheila O’Grady||2013||Chicago, IL||www.strongrootsyoga.com||773.745.9343|
|Shauna Babcock||2013||Evanston, IL||773.750.9848|
|Louanne Cho||2013||New Orleans, LA||www.louannecho.com||504.862.6861|
|Monica Martin||2014||Taos, NM||www.omhatha.com||575.770.6339|
|Julia Horn||2011||Philadelphia, PA||www.formayoga.com||484.535.1251|
|2013||San Salvador, El Salvador|
|2013||Paris, France||www.yogacontrelecancer.fr||33 (0)6 85 35 75 28|
|Alexandra Pereira (Multilingual-Eng/Span/Pt)||2014||Porto, Portugal||www.vidya-academiadeyoga-porto.com||+351226003788|
|Olle Bengtström (Bilingual-Swed/Eng)||2013||Göteborg, Sweden||www.ashtanga.se||+4631128210|
|Lisa Ammann Birthistle (Multilingual-Fren/Eng/Ger)||2014||Neuchâtel, Switzerland||www.yoga-sukha.ch||+41 78 819 46 17|
|Luci Phipps||2014||Guildford and Surrey, UK||www.guildfordyoga.co.uk/classes/yoga-for-cancer-survivors/||0044 7932 712644|
|Melanie Wrinch||2014||Hale, Cheshire/Manchester, UK||0044 7973 127454|
|Kirsten Steffensen||2014||Leeds, UK||www.kirstensteffensenyoga.com||0044(0)7966 168676|
|Rachel Frazer||2014||Leeds, UK||0044(0)7966 168676|
|Barbara Gallani (Bilingual- Ital/Eng)||2013||London, UK||www.thelifecentre.com/features/meet-the-teachers/yoga-for-those-affected-by-cancer-with-barbara-gallani||0044(0)7739 877803|