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:

  1. You are reasonably mobile and can move independently
  2. Your needs can be addressed in a group setting
  3. All surgical incisions are healed
  4. Your platelet count is 20,000+
  5. 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.

Name Year Certified Location Website Phone
Heather O’Brien 2012 Arvada, CO 303.229.2378
Shari Turney 2013 Arvada, CO
Christa Brown 2013 Boulder, CO
Jean Leonard 2014 Boulder, CO 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 585.613.1981
Maureen Sagan Cortes  2012 Colorado Springs, CO 719.229.9357
Denise Widner 2013 Colorado Springs, CO 719.271.0944
Erika Banuelos
2011 Denver, CO 303.668.1515
Kathy Baum 2013 Denver, CO 303.854.8454
Michelle Colarelli  2013 Denver, CO 303.917.3406
Keri O’Connell  2011 Denver, CO 303.549.7526
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 303.810.2204
Lisa Sanchez 2013 Longmont, CO 720.422.4423
Lynn Andrews 2011 Ridgeway, CO 414.507.1904
Nina Darlington  2012 Steamboat Springs, CO 970.879.3208
Nancy Stannard  2012 Woodland Park, CO 719.237.6547
Karen Plumley 2013 Chicago, IL 773.307.8408
Sheila O’Grady 2013 Chicago, IL 773.745.9343
Shauna Babcock 2013 Evanston, IL 773.750.9848
Louanne Cho 2013 New Orleans, LA 504.862.6861
Monica Martin 2014 Taos, NM 575.770.6339
Julia Horn 2011 Philadelphia, PA 484.535.1251
Nina Cabrales
2013 San Salvador, El Salvador
Stephanie Francois
2013 Paris, France 33 (0)6 85 35 75 28
Alexandra Pereira (Multilingual-Eng/Span/Pt) 2014 Porto, Portugal +351226003788
Olle Bengtström (Bilingual-Swed/Eng) 2013 Göteborg, Sweden +4631128210
Lisa Ammann Birthistle (Multilingual-Fren/Eng/Ger) 2014 Neuchâtel, Switzerland +41 78 819 46 17
Luci Phipps 2014 Guildford and Surrey, UK 0044 7932 712644
Melanie Wrinch 2014 Hale, Cheshire/Manchester, UK 0044 7973 127454
Kirsten Steffensen 2014 Leeds, UK 0044(0)7966 168676
Rachel Frazer 2014 Leeds, UK 0044(0)7966 168676
Vicky Fox 2014 London, UK 447730 986 958
Barbara Gallani (Bilingual- Ital/Eng) 2013 London, UK 0044(0)7739 877803