Let me tell my story, since this day, thirteen years ago, I was in surgery having a foot of sigmoid colon removed. I had a twitchy gut all my life, bloating and sensitivities. It didn’t feel very different, in the beginning, when I had reflux and bloating. I was 44 and otherwise “healthy”. I worked, was raising a daughter with my husband, took care of my aging mom, was singing, doing 12 step, doing yoga, weights and aerobics. But I felt tired. Unbelievably tired. I started napping long hours. My stomach pain grew worse. I went to the doctor and told I was depressed. I took the pills, and didn’t feel any better. I took time off of work, and started to feel bad about myself and my inability to cope with life. I was so damn tired. I started having back pain, leg pain, the cancer was eating through the nerves and outside my colon. I got night sweats and felt full, even though I stopped eating. Finally, I saw blood in my stool. Then, for sure, I knew I was really sick.
After six months of weekly chemo infusions of 5FU, so aptly named, with Leukovarian, I was totally depleted of any physical power. My spirit remained strong, but my body felt ready to leave the earth. I was tempted to go. But our daughter was now 16, and whatever I could do to stay, I would do. It meant learning to live in a body that was scared, painful, weak, unbalanced and almost certainly not going to live very long.
I asked the God of my Understanding to make my life, whatever time I had left, to be of purpose. My career path switched to training to be a yoga teacher for cancer survivors. Not many people were training, so I used my experience, my knowledge of teaching and my 20 year practice of yoga to help myself begin. I started with breathing. I had lost my breathing stamina. It took time.
It took willingness to start a class in San Diego for patients, family, and caregivers. I started attending advocacy trainings for crc and ended up making a CD to hand out to cancer patients.
I continue to make digital downloads, teach yoga, train yoga teachers from around the world on my online course, and use social media to reach survivors, like me, home in bed, and not knowing what to do to feel better.
For as long as I am able, my service if my passion.
Jean Di Carlo-Wagner, E-RYT500, Yoga Therapist, Survivor, Advocate, TT Yoga for Cancer Survivors

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Spare the Rear

Love it? Scope it!

Ever wonder what happens during and after a colonoscopy? Well, you go in after a prep of cleansing. They put leads on your heart, a pulse ox on your finger and a line for intravenous medications and you go into a small suite. The next thing you know, they are waking you up, and the doctor tells you what was in your colon. I had another sessile, or flat polyp, and the area of concern from the last flat polyp seemed clear. So, I go in another year.

People say that I am brave to go and get a colonoscopy. What’s brave? I show up. I go under. I come out and then I treat myself to comfort food and rest for a day.
Yes, the prep is not the most pleasant of experiences, however, cancer treatment is way, way worse!

March is Colorectal (anal) Awareness month, and I am begging you, please, stop avoiding colonoscopies for what
reason. It takes months to make an appointment, you can haggle over the prep solutions, I like the Miralax prep, it’s easy and fast.

I am a stage IIIc colorectal cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in 2003 of March. The week I turned 47. No more excuses, just go already!

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Why Yoga?

Jean Di Carlo-Wagner, M.A., E-RYT500, Yoga Therapist, Survivor

Main Points
• Past research on yoga was poorly designed
• Newer scientific studies point to physical, psychological and social benefits of meditative group practices, including yoga
• Meditative Practices focus on breathing, mindfulness based relaxation techniques, visualization and gentle movement

What’s the buzz about yoga for cancer patients? And is there solid research to back all the claims? If we look at the research over the last two decades, we will be mislead into thinking that yoga studies show no real benefit, largely because the studies that were conducted were poorly designed and executed. The Cochrane synopsis says that yoga itself was defined in too broad of category, from vinyasa flow active yoga to restorative yoga. And since there is no agreement within the studies about what yoga practice should be used; it’s hard to ferret out any truth about its benefits for a wide range of cancer patients and survivors.

However, within the last several years, a more focused approach to research on yoga is taking place. The literature is clearly pointing toward the benefits of meditative practices, which includes yoga. Yoga
can then borrow the research done on breathing techniques for stress reduction. The heart of yoga is breathing. What separates yoga from other forms of exercise is its close attention to movement connected to breath pace. Gentle range-of-motion movements, using one’s breath as a guide is a form of meditation in itself. So, what we can infer with confidence from the plethora of studies on the benefits of breathing practices from reducing anxiety to helping people cope with pain. Anecdotally, most of my yoga students in treatment for cancer report that they use diaphragmatic breathing as their main coping tool when stressed, fatigued, experiencing sleeplessness or when they are in pain.

The structure of a yoga class designed for cancer patients and survivors should highlight known meditation practices that are documented in other populations of people under severe stress, like war veterans. In fact, the U.S. military forces are doing most of the latest research on Integrative Medicine, in an effort to care for war veterans. Meditative practices include, yoga, Thai Chi, Qi Gong, mindfulness meditation, massage, and acupuncture. Cancer patients often suffer anxiety post treatment, just as war veterans do from engaging in life-threatening battles. Here again, inferencing the similarities in beneficial complementary approaches we can extrapolate the benefits to cancer survivors. Cancer patients are living longer, with advancements in cancer treatments. However, their quality of life is taking precedence over mere survival. Yoga can have a profound positive effect on the quality of life of survivors. Research is clear on this one point.

Perhaps the most promising studies on meditative practices include regained length on their telomeres (a DNA indicator of aging). Morning blood cortisol levels showed significant drops after meditative yoga practices in as short as eight weeks. Blood pressure can be lowered with diaphragmatic breathing practices, as well as, the metronome of the heartbeat. There are many reasons to give yoga a place in the treatment of cancer survivors.

Thank you to the Ruesch Center for inviting me to share my passion for yoga, And to for supporting my reach to cancer patients through their community called “COLONTOWN”.



Jean’s yoga class (and free downloadable meditations)

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Jean’s Pinterest Yoga Tips

Jean’s Yoga Tip #171: Our tongues are amazing! Stick yours out. Go on, all the way out and point it down. Now, say your name. I keep your tongue out and say your name. This helps activate our abdominal muscles, tone our chin and giggle. In yogic philosophy, the tongue is the connection to all the glands in the body. Now breathe in and out, sticking your tongue all the way out, and then bring it all the way in. Happy Yoga Tongue!

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NCAN – 6/19/2015

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In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called asht

anga, which literally means “eight limbs” (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one’s health;

and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.

1. Yama

The first limb, yama, deals with one’s ethical standards and sense of integrity, focusing on our behavior and how we conduct ourselves in life. Yamas are universal practices that relate best to what we know as the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
The five yamas are:

Ahimsa: nonviolence
Satya: truthfulness
Asteya: nonstealing Brahmacharya: continence Aparigraha: noncovetousness 2. Niyama

Niyama, the second limb, has to do with self-discipline and spiritual observances. Regularly attending temple or church services, saying grace before meals, developing your own personalmeditation practices, or making a habit of taking contemplative walks alone are all examples of niyamas in practice.
The five niyamas are:

Saucha: cleanliness
Samtosa: contentment
Tapas: heat; spiritual austerities
Svadhyaya: study of the sacred scriptures and of one’s self
Isvara pranidhana: surrender to God
3. Asana
Asanas, the postures practiced in yoga, comprise the third limb. In the yogic view, the body is a temple of spirit, the care of which is an important stage of our spiritual growth. Through the practice of asanas, we develop the habit of discipline and the ability to concentrate, both of which are necessary for meditation.
4. Pranayama
Generally translated as breath control, this fourth stage consists of techniques designed to gain mastery over the respiratory process while recognizing the connection between the breath, the mind, and the emotions. As implied by the literal translation of pranayama, “life force extension,” yogis believe that it not only rejuvenates the body but actually extends life itself. You can practice pranayama as an isolated technique (i.e., simply sitting and performing a number of breathing exercises), or integrate it into your daily hatha yoga routine.
These first four stages of Patanjali’s ashtanga yoga concentrate on refining our personalities, gaining mastery over the body, and developing an energetic awareness of ourselves, all of which prepares us for the second half of this journey, which deals with the senses, the mind, and attaining a higher state of consciousness.

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5. Pratyahara

Pratyahara, the fifth limb, means withdrawal or sensory transcendence. It is during this stage that we make the conscious effort to draw our awareness away from the external world and outside stimuli. Keenly aware of, yet cultivating a detachment from, our senses, we direct our attention internally. The practice of pratyahara provides us with an opportunity to step back and take a look at ourselves. This withdrawal allows us to objectively observe our cravings: habits that are perhaps detrimental to our health and which likely interfere with our inner growth.

6. Dharana

As each stage prepares us for the next, the practice of pratyahara creates the setting for dharana, or concentration. Having relieved ourselves of outside distractions, we can now deal with the distractions of the mind itself. No easy task! In the practice of concentration, which precedes meditation, we learn how to slow down the thinking process by concentrating on a single mental object: a specific energetic center in the body, an image of a deity, or the silent repetition of a sound. We, of course, have already begun to develop our powers of concentration in the previous three stages of posture, breath control, and withdrawal of the senses. In asana and pranayama, although we pay attention to our actions, our attention travels. Our focus constantly shifts as we fine-tune the many nuances of any particular posture or breathing technique. In pratyahara we become self-observant; now, in dharana, we focus our attention on a single point. Extended periods of concentration naturally lead to meditation.

7. Dhyana

Meditation or contemplation, the seventh stage of ashtanga, is the uninterrupted flow of concentration. Although concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana) may appear to be one and the same, a fine line of distinction exists between these two stages. Where dharana practices one-pointed attention, dhyana is ultimately a state of being keenly aware without focus. At this stage, the mind has been quieted, and in the stillness it produces few or no thoughts at all. The strength and stamina it takes to reach this state of stillness is quite impressive. But don’t give up. While this may seem a difficult if not impossible task, remember that yoga is a process. Even though we may not attain the “picture perfect” pose, or the ideal state of consciousness, we benefit at every stage of our progress.

8. Samadhi

Patanjali describes this eighth and final stage of ashtanga, samadhi, as a state of ecstasy. At this stage, the meditator merges with his or her point of focus and transcends the Self altogether. The meditator comes to realize a profound connection to the Divine, an interconnectedness with all living things. With this realization comes the “peace that passeth all understanding”; the experience of bliss and being at one with the Universe. On the surface, this may seem to be a rather lofty, “holier than thou” kind of goal. However, if we pause to examine what we really want to get out of life, would not joy, fulfillment, and freedom somehow find their way onto our list of hopes, wishes, and desires? What Patanjali has described as the completion of the yogic path is what, deep down, all human beings aspire to: peace. We also might give some thought to the fact that this ultimate stage of yoga—enlightenment—can neither be bought nor possessed. It can only be experienced, the price of which is the continual devotion of the aspirant. Jean Di Carlo-Wagner

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The Chakra Guide: Harness the

Power of Your Chakras

Get to know your energy centers

:: by

Bee Bosnak


Presentation by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner, M.A., survivor, Yoga for Cancer Survivors, Owner, Speaker, Teacher Trainer, Advocate for Cancer Awareness, Write for, Activist for Wellness using Yoga

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There are seven energy centers in the body called “chakras.” The seven chakras parallel the spine, and each one has certain qualities and associations. However, it is important not to let any one or two chakras overpower the rest. Luckily, there are yoga poses that can help us balance this internal energy.

For the next seven weeks, I will be outlining how to balance each chakra with three specific yoga poses. But first, we need to understand each chakra and the emotions and characteristics it rules.

The first chakra

Chakra one, Muladhara, means “root” and “support.” This chakra is located at the base of the spine. The verb associated with the first chakra is “I am.” The first chakra is usually about survival.
When the first chakra is malfunctioning, one of the manifestations of that malfunction is obesity. Through the first chakra, we work to understand and heal our bodies. The challenge to us is to accept our body, feel it, validate it, love it.Eating is a first chakra activity. When we eat, we are nourished, and our physical body is supported. Eating grounds us. Meats and proteins are first chakra foods.

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A well-functioning first chakra opens us to our power and stability and allows us to grow. We are grounded, and this grounding brings us rest and solidity and stillness.
The second chakra

The Second Chakra is called Svadhisthana, which means “sweetness.”
Its element is water. The inner state is tears. Some of the malfunctions include bladder or kidney trouble. The food associated with this is liquids. And the location of this chakra is in the area of the genitals and womb.

Some of the functions and qualities associated with the second chakra are emotions, sexuality, desire, pleasure, creation and procreation. Socialization is also a function of the second chakra. The verb that best fits this chakra is “I feel.” This energy is both emotional and sensual.

The second chakra is one of feminine energies. Not only are both sexuality and pleasure associated with this chakra, but also nurturing. Here is our desire for nurturing, nourishment, warmth and touch. Denying these desires causes serious imbalances in life. Overindulgences also will cause imbalances.

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The third chakra

The third chakra is the Manipura chakra, which means “lusterous gem.” It is located in the area of the navel to the solar plexus. Its function is willpower. The verb associated with the third chakra is “I do.”
The glands and body systems it affects are the pancreas, adrenals, digestive system and muscles. When it malfunctions, the resulting problems can include ulcers, diabetes and/or hypoglycemia.
The solar plexus chakra has to do with “belonging.” If it is open, the individual will feel that he/she belongs to everything, firmly grounded to his/her place within the universe. It’s a mental chakra but directly related to the emotions, sinceMental understanding regulates one’s emotional life. If the chakra is open, one will be more likely to have a deeply fulfilling emotional life that does not overwhelm. However, that person might also be more susceptible to psychic “attack” or getting lost in the stars. Physical pain in the chakra stems from overuse.
If the chakra is closed, feelings will be blocked. A person might not feel anything and would not understand the deeper

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meanings of emotions and might not be connected to his/her greater life purpose.
The fourth chakra

The fourth chakra, called Anahata, is located at the heart. Its function is love. Its element is air. The inner state is compassion and love. The verb for this chakra is “I love.”
The gland associated with the heart chakra is the thymus, and the other body parts are the lungs, heart, arms and hands. When there is a malfunction of the fourth chakra, physical problems such as asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease and lung disease can result.

The love we feel at the fourth chakra is felt toward everything we encounter, because it is felt within as a state of being. At the heart chakra, our love is no longer one of need or desire. Love at the heart chakra is one of joyous acceptance of our place among all things, of a deep peace that comes from lack of need and of a radiating quality that comes from harmony within the self.

The fifth chakra

The fifth chakra is called Visuddha, which means “purification.” It is located at the area of the throat. Its function is related to communication and creativity. The glands

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that it affects are the thyroid and parathyroid. The other body parts related to the fifth chakra are the neck, shoulders, arms and hands.
The sense associated with it is hearing, and the verb associated with the fifth chakra is “I speak.” When this chakra malfunctions, you can encounter physical problems such as sore throat, stiff neck, colds, thyroid problems and hearing problems.

The sixth chakra

Ajna, the sanskrit word for the sixth chakra, means “to know,” “to perceive,” “to command.” It is located in the head, at or just above the third eye level. The element associated with Ajna is light. Its function is seeing and intuiting. The verb that corresponds with this chakra is “I see.”

The body parts affected by the sixth chakra are the pineal gland and the eyes. Malfunction of the sixth chakra can manifest in blindness, headaches, nightmares, eyestrain and blurred vision.

This chakra is actually in the brain, so its nature is very mental. One finds inner vision as part of this chakra, as well as actual seeing and outer vision. That is why mystic and clairvoyant abilities are also associated with the sixth chakra.

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The seventh chakra

The seventh chakra — the crown chakra — is called Sahasrara, which means “thousandfold.” It is located just above the top of the head. The seventh chakra represents thought, and its manifestation is information. Its function is understanding, and the psychological state that it creates is bliss.

The verb that corresponds to this chakra is “I understand.” The gland affected by this chakra is the pituitary. Other body parts affected by the seventh chakra include the cerebral cortex and the central nervous system. When this chakra malfunctions it can result in depression, alienation, confusion, boredom, apathy and the inability to learn or comprehend. With the discovery and the opening of the seventh chakra, we transcend from the physical to something beyond — perhaps even a greater consciousness. After all, we are not our bodies, but our minds and souls. We are part of the collective consciousness. We are part of the Great Spirit.

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Bee Bosnak is a Turkish-born, British-bred, fiery Aries. After spending half a decade in the mecca of yoga, Los Angeles, she decided to take a leap of faith and moved to Portland, OR, where she currently lives and teaches. Bee is a creator, a risk taker and a purveyor of laughter. Off the mat, she’s a visual fashion stylist and writer for various online and editorial yoga magazines. She documents her yogic path on her


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Jewish Tree of Life

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MEDITATIONS – FREE Jean Di Carlo-Wagner Jody Whiteley Belle Ruth Napersak Yoga Nidra BENEFITS OF DEEP RELAXING YOGA

1. LowerBloodPressure 2. Lesscortisolinblood 3. Improvedfocus
4. Bettersleepquality

5. QualityofLifeimproves
6. Community
7. Metronomeofheartrateislowered 8. Relaxationresponse
9. Flow/Senseofwell-being
10. Add one of your own and share

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2014 In the News

This year I’ve been fortunate enough to be asked to attend lobbying efforts with the DDNC in March.  In August I attended the 2nd Annual International Women’s Cancer Survivors’ Convention in Nashville, TN.  COLONTOWN chose to do a story about the virtual YOGA DEN and my work supporting cancer patients online and in social media venues.  The Patient Resource, a well-respected magazine for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers, ran two articles on my work since recovering from colorectal(anal) cancer.  I now say anal because it’s important that we help with awareness of this growing cancer, especially among young people.

Here’s the video submitted to

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July 10th, Yoga Phone Class

Yoga Phone Class, July 10th at 5pm  Pacific Standard Time. You call in and we chat for about 15 minutes. Call in 15 minutes early if you want to make new friends!  We start with relaxed breathing and body scan. We breath together and learn techniques to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels.  We do gentle yoga movements with our breathing.  We never do anything that doesn’t feel good.  After exploring our joints, stretching and enjoying what we can do;  we use meditation to relax deeply.  Some students have told me they finish yoga and feel that they can ‘take on the world!”.  When we feel empowered to help ourselves, we gain confidence.


There are 96 openings on the Yoga Phone Class provided by  You call in and can listen without even saying your name.  It’s fine to want to be quiet, but in community.  Each of us is in a different emotional place and we honor where you are.  The power of yoga to add to your healing is tremendous.  This month we will be doing Guided Imagery as part of our healing practices.  It is a well documented way to gain relaxation, boost your immune system and just plain feel better. No yoga experience necessary!

July 10th, 5pm PST, 6 MTN, 7CST, 8EST.

Get on 15 minutes early if you want to chat with others

Call: 605 475 4000 and enter 970445# and announce yourself.


Jean Di Carlo-Wagner, M.A., E-RYT500, Yoga Therapist, Certified Yoga for Cancer Survivors Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Survivor

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Yoga Phone Class: Cancer patients, survivors and caregivers

June 15th, we’re doing another Yoga Phone Class. You need no experience, no equipment and this gentle class can be done in bed. The focus is healing yoga. Going deep into relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing and meditation. Studies confirm that even at the mitochondrial level, genes are changed with mindfulness based yoga practices. Give yourself a treat. It’s free. It’s easy. It my joy to lead these classes.

June 15th, Saturday, at 5pm PST, 6 MTN, 7CST, 8EST. Relaxation and meditation combined with gentle movements are powerful antidotes to stress and support our bodies, minds and spirits!

Get on 15 minutes early if you want to chat with others

Call: 605 475 4000 and enter 970445# and announce yourself.
Use your name when speaking.

Free Conference Call is free, but if you use your cell, you use your minutes.

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FREE Yoga Phone Class

A monthly free offering - YOGA PHONE CLASS   SATURDAY, APRIL 20th - mindfulness meditation

Mark your Yoga Calendars for YOGA PHONE CLASS:  Saturday, April 20th 10:45am PST, which is 12:45pm CST, and 1:45pm EST. 

  • Call:605 475 4000 and enter 970445# and announce yourself.   
  • We will chat first and start class within 20 minutes.
  • Pressing *6 mutes you (so you can pee, get a drink, pet the cat…) and pressing *6 again unmutes you. If you fall asleep, you are with us!!
  • Use your name when speaking.
  • Head phones or ear phones helpful, as well as a water bottle and blanket.
  • You can be in bed, on the couch, recliner or on a yoga mat.
  • Wear comfortable loose clothing. Create a quiet space just for you!!!
  • The conference call is free, but if you use your cell, you use your minutes.

Given by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner, M.A.,  colon cancer survivor & advocate, yoga activist

Yoga Therapist,  E-RTY200, E-RYT500, certified Yoga for Cancer Survivors,  Senior Yoga


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NYC Fashion Week 2013

Fashion Week 2013 in NYC doesn’t usually bring images of cancer patients and survivors. But this week, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing. Yep, I’m headed for the Big Apple to meet my designer, Samina Mughal, who has put together some outfits for me to walk the runway. Did I say walk the runway?  It seems odd that due to cancer, I’ve been given the opportunities of a lifetime!  My whole 15 minutes of fame is being used in this one event, and I couldn’t be happier. The fashion show and dinner will benefit BeatLiverTumors, my cancer mentor’s non-profit. Suzanne Lindley has single-handedly brought awareness to advanced treatments for liver cancer and on the stage will be patients, caregivers and supporters who have watched Suzanne, a force of nature, over the last 8 years. Suzanne continues to do battle with cancer.  She was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer at age 31 and given six months to live. Suzanne didn’t take that prognosis. She sought treatment, one after the other, each one giving her more time with her three girls and husband, and more time to advocate. If you want to know the secret to living well, no matter the circumstances, you won’t want to miss Suzanne’s address to the audience.  When I was diagnosed, I wanted to speak with a woman, any woman, who had gone through colon cancer. I was given Suzanne’s name and number. Since that day, my life has grown larger from cancer, been more purposeful and fulfilling and has a bit of dazzle to it, too.

fashion week 2013

Raising money for BeatLiverTumors

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Coming back from cancer

Nine years ago, this October 28th, I finished treatment for iiic colon cancer. I was 47, and had been a Resource Specialist for over 25 years, mostly in San Diego. But my chances of recurrence were high, so I retired early, thinking that I had about five years to live (if I was lucky).

Chemotherapy was devastating to me and not having a job was depressing and scary. I worked at home to rebuild my strength and my life’s purpose. Always a yoga enthusiast, I found I couldn’t do what I was used to doing. Others must be having the same issue – trying to find a way back to a ‘new normal’?

I became a yoga teacher and yoga activist. I am a listserv consultant on many cancer sites and made a yoga cd, gave away over 3,000. The YCS cd is now available for free download, and in Spanish, too. Russian is the next language and I hope to have it translated into as many languages as possible.

I speak at cancer symposiums and teach YCS yoga in San Diego. I am putting a 45 hour teacher training on line by January 2013. We hear so much about yoga to rebuild and regain strength, but for me, it was about dealing with the emotional, physical and psychological effects of cancer where yoga has done its greatest healing. I specialize in teaching patients in therapy and long-term treatment.

You can download hours of meditations for survivors and the 80 minute yoga class in English and Spanish for cancer survivors by going to my audio page on this website.

yoga for cancer survivors

Blessings and Love,

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