Yoga method helps cancer patients find strength

Yoga4Cancer helps people heal physically and emotionally from the side effects of aggressive cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
4:42 | 10/28/19

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series for breast cancer awareness month. Looking at ways people are finding peace facing cancer. It's estimated that nearly 40% of the world's population will receive a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lifetime and the side effects of aggressive cancer treatments like chemo, radiation and surgery can have a serious effect on your body. One yoga method is helping cancer warriors find their strength and breath once again. Go ahead and close your eyes. Feel the strength in your body. Feel the strength of your legs holding you up. Feel your spine. Come back again to focus on your breath. Reporter: For Terry Gandhi Richardson, it was her breast cancer diagnosis in 2016 that took her breath away. You heard the words that no one expects to hear, you have cancer. Right. How did you react when you were told that? I didn't believe it. I thought they were looking at somebody else's chart, it must be a mistake. The doctors had said once you go through the treatment and surgeries you're not going to have your practice back for at least a year. I was like, that's not really going to work for me. Reporter: Determined to find a solution, Terry came across yoga for cancer, a supportive practice designed to help with the side effects of cancer treatment. It became her life line. Can you help people understand the difference because some people are like, I do yoga. Right. How is that compared to yoga for cancer? We do not do downward facing dog. If you have had surgery you don't want to be upside down. We use four blocks which is more than in a typical yoga class so people don't have to get down so low in their forward folds so we make a lot of accommodations. Was yoga different for you after cancer? It caused me to meditate a little bit more, really focus my you know, when you're waiting for doctors' appointments, even in the mri machine, it was my breath that helped keep me calm. We're working range of motion, working chris-cross the Reporter: Today Terry is one of 600 teachers certified to teach yoga for cancer. She leads weekly classes at her Brooklyn, New York yoga studio where I stopped by to join a class. We're working to encourage the lymphatic fluid. Toury founded it after experiencing the benefits, spiritual and physical, during her cancer journey. What is your hope? Having hope is knots a plan but doing yoga is a plan. It's a plan that can actually give you confidence, give you strength and help you manage the long-term side effects. My hope is to see yoga integrated into a treatment plan that your oncologist writes you a prescription to do yoga and to do the right and proper kind of yoga that is there with knowledgeable teachers. Reporter: And for students and cancer thrivers like Jennifer and Raquel, the impact goes beyond the mat. It's a place where people know where you're going through and have that community and support and consistency throughout treatment and then after. It's also really wonderful to come to a place where the baseline is, oh, I know, you've been here. I don't need to say anything unless I want to say something. What would you say to someone who is walking that path that we have walked and is saying to themselves I just don't know if this is something I can do? The body is still strong. You're still strong and it's different. It sucks that this is the ticket you were handed but this will teach you that you were absolutely stronger than you ever thought you were. What is it that you say at the end? I say on and off our mats. Let us live to respect others and to find love and kindness for ourselves as well. Namaste. Love and kindness for ourselves as well. One thing I appreciated during the class was that feeling of understanding you have for being in a room full of gone through what you were going through or are going through what you went through. It's almost like a form of group therapy. For more information on yoga for cancer and other treatment options like this, you can go to our website, and as always, make sure you discuss your doctors -- go to your doctor before starting any kind of new practice or exercise.

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