Jefferson Offers Wellness Yoga for Cancer Patients

yoga-poses584x342-iStock_000007308891SmallThe Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University now offers Wellness Yoga for cancer patients and their caregivers. The six-week program kicked off on September 30, but there is still time to join.

“There is ample evidence that participation in yoga has a long-term positive impact on physical and mental health.” said Adam Dicker, M.D., Ph.D., FASTRO, Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University. “This program complements the cutting-edge research and clinical care that Jefferson provides to our patients.”

Michelle Stortz, the instructor, specializes in yoga therapy for those who have had a cancer experience and those with chronic illness. She was specially trained at the Integral Yoga Academy by Jnani Chapman, RN.

“In my yoga classes for cancer patients, the kind of movement I emphasize focuses on circulation, instead of movement for strength building.” Stortz said. “It’s that circulation that moves lymphatic fluids, blood, oxygen and nutrients through your body. Even small movements of the arms will stimulate circulation and help move your lymphatic fluid.”

This chair yoga class series will be flexible for any participant’s unique needs. No previous experience with yoga is necessary.

The cost is $5 per person, per session. If the fee is a barrier to participation, the fee will be waived. Classes will be held in Jefferson Alumni Hall at 1020 Locust Street, Room M23 from 12:00-1:30 on October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4. SEPTA tokens or free parking vouchers for the 10th and Chestnut Garage will be available.

To register email m@michellestortz.com or call 1-800-JEFFNOW.

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