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Yoga

Intended Audience

Male members including people living with cancer, family members and significant caregivers.

Program Description

Yoga For Men offers participants the opportunity to enhance their strength, flexibility, balance, concentration and relaxation. This Yoga program includes Yoga Asanas (physical poses), Pranayama (breathwork) and Meditation. The aim is to accommodate all levels and to meet each participant where they are with gentle guidance, encouragement, non-judgement, and compassion.

“This program is therapeutic, healing, calming – highly recommended for healing.”

What to Expect at a Session

Each class begins with breathing and awareness practices that set a calming tone and bring participants into the present moment. Next, participants are guided to move mindfully through breathing exercises and poses, gently testing and expanding their pain free range of motion. In this class, while calmness and inner-focus are encouraged, there is also room for joy and laughter, as participants learn and grow together. Participants who join are asked to bring a mat, strap, block or brick, and a blanket.

Benefits and Impacts

Wellspring recognizes the value of facilitating interaction between cancer survivors who identify as men (Prashar et al., 2022) and therefore offers a yoga program for this group.  

Yoga has been widely suggested to have a potential role in the health of people living with cancer; many studies report that yoga can improve health-related outcomes such as quality of life, fatigue, cognition, stress, and sleep quality in cancer survivors (Danhauer et al., 2019; O’Neill et al., 2020; Zetzl et al., 2021). One study on the effects of a breathwork-focused yoga program also observed improvements in fatigue, stress, and quality of life (Dhruva et al., 2012). Even yoga online can be beneficial: a recent publication observed reductions in stress in people living with cancer that participated in yoga programs delivered online (Trevino et al., 2020). 

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