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. For further information, please email RadOncPatientEngagement@uphs.upenn.edu.

The Studio

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
CN Level Waiting Room

Tali Ben-Josef's classes will be on hiatus from August 1 until November. We have a new instructor, Ji Sun Chong, who will be teaching classes in The Studio until November. We also have another yoga instructor, Marian Vallotton, who teaches a yoga class every third Tuesday of the month.

  • Tuesdays with Ji Sun Chong: 2:30 to 3:45 pm
  • Thursdays with Ji Sun Chong: 2:30 to 3:45 pm
  • Every third Tuesday with Marian Vallotton: 5:30 to 7 pm

For more information or to register, contact Fern Nibauer-Cohen at Fern.Nibauer-Cohen@uphs.upenn.edu or 215-662-3919.

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.

Penn Medicine Valley Forge

Yoga classes have returned to Valley Forge! Led by Marian Vallotton, these classes are held every other Monday from 5 to 6 pm.

For questions, please call 215-615-0534.

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.