Yoga helps those battling disease

Be Well graduate teachers at the two Sage studios include, from left, Raschel Kloos, a substitute teacher; Debbie Taylor, teacher; Reyna Beckler, Sage Studios owner; Laura Small, teacher, and Christi Vidrio, substitute teacher. Courtesy photo

FALLBROOK – People in any stage of cancer recovery from diagnosis to cancer-free can improve the likelihood of not having a recurrence and experience many other benefits yoga has for those battling disease. They can take Yoga for Cancer Recovery classes two times a week for free in Fallbrook and Bonsall.

Fallbrook Regional Health District awarded a grant to nonprofit Be Well Therapy to provide two free Yoga for Cancer Recovery Classes in the area with a third class in the making.

They are held Mondays at 11:30 a.m. at Sage Yoga in Bonsall and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Fallbrook location. Sage Yoga Studios owners Reyna and Lee Beckler donate the space to hold the two classes.

New students should arrive at least 15 minutes before class to fill out a brief intake form and chat with the teacher to inform them of any current physical limitations.

Each class is tailored to meet the specific needs of those in any stage of recovery. The Be Well program integrates mindful yoga, deep relaxation, visualization, breathing techniques and meditation – all in a compassionate and supportive environment and with the survivor’s optimal well-being in mind.

All teachers are graduates of a 55-hour teacher training led by the co-founders of Be Well Therapy, Heidi Borsch and Mary Baker.

During these classes, students will experience all of the many benefits of yoga which include: detoxification of the body through gentle inversions and twists, body strengthening, increased range of motion and flexibility, spine strengthening, immune system improvement, weight management, pain management, help with fear and anxiety, enhanced body image and improved well-being and self-esteem.

Several studies have been conducted that prove the positive effects of exercise and specifically yoga for those battling cancer. The rate of recurrence drops when exercise is added to the cancer patient’s healing journey as does the need for medicine to control anxiety and depression.

All Be Well classes are open to not only survivors but their caregivers too – loved ones, family members, friends – are all encouraged to join in on the healing journey. They can try out a free class soon and experience the healing power of yoga for their body and mind.

Be Well also has additional classes throughout northern San Diego and Riverside counties including Michelle’s Place in Temecula and will be expanding to San Diego proper and Orange County by the end of this year.

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Submitted by Be Well Therapy.