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Yoga for Cancer Patients, Survivors and Caregivers

Meditating women in yoga class

Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center invites cancer patients and caregivers to try yoga as a way to support the mind, body and spirit during and after treatment. This free class is open to people on all levels, from first time beginners to advanced practitioners, and is a very gentle and therapeutic yoga practice.

Yoga is an ancient practice of linking breathing to movement to create an overall sense of well-being and balance. Yoga can be practiced by people of all ages in any physical condition. One of the oldest known mind-body practices, yoga dates back 5,000 years originating in India. It has been reported that yoga promotes relaxation and has been shown to lower stress, anxiety and fatigue.

The Benefits of Yoga

A basic principle of yoga is to cultivate self-awareness by balancing body, mind and spirit and never pushing beyond one's limits. With regular practice, yoga's benefits for cancer patients and survivors include:

  • A sense of well-being
  • Incorporation of relaxation and stress reducing techniques into everyday life
  • Reduction of fatigue
  • Relief from anxiety

For those interested in a sample relaxation session, try out a free 20 minute audio clip from the Yoga Program.

Class Schedule

Yoga classes are available at three locations. See below for address and times at each location. All classes are subject to change.

The Studio

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
CN Level Waiting Room

Please join instructor Tali Ben-Josef for yoga classes designed to support the mind, body, and spirit during and after treatment. This free class is open to people of all experience levels, from first time beginners to advanced practitioners, and is a very gentle and therapeutic yoga practice.

  • Tuesdays: 2 to 3:15 pm
  • Wednesdays: 10 am to 1 pm (Open Studio)
  • Thursdays: 9 to 10:15 am
  • Thursdays: 10:30 to 11:45 am (Open Studio)

For more information, please email RadOncPatientEngagement@uphs.upenn.edu or call 215-360-0963.

Old Pine Community Center

401 Lombard Street

Led by Michelle Stortz, this Chair Yoga class is for those living with cancer or chronic illness and is offered through Pennsylvania Hospital at Old Pine Community Center. Classes are held Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 pm.

Registration is recommended. There is a cost for this class. For more information or to register, call 215-242-1366 or visit www.MichelleStortz.com.

Giving back to the Yoga Program

If you would like to help support the efforts of Penn's Integrative Oncology Yoga programs, you can make a gift to the Yoga Program Fund at the Abramson Cancer Center online.