Yoga for cancer sufferers comes to Harmony House

Tuesday 6 June, 2006

London wellbeing centre, Harmony House, is running yoga classes for sufferers of cancer and other chronic illness.

The classes, held from 3pm to 4.30pm on a Friday and sponsored by organic box company Abel & Cole, are described as gentle, nurturing and supportive - aimed at those with conditions including cancer, Multiple Scleroris, and ME.

The centre's Leesa Muirhead says there is a strong emphasis on the breath and a relaxing but energising focus to encourage healing.

Muirhead says Harmony House started running the classes after a student was diagnosed wtih breast cancer.

She adds: "Setting up a class felt like a natural next step. We wanted to offer a calss where there is a network of people experiencing something similar - where we could provide support, connection and inspiration on a far deeper level.

"While it is not a cure for cancer, yoga enhances physical and emotional wellness and brings a peace many patients thought they'd lost forever."

A solid body of evidence points to the role of stress on the immune system and the role it has on the development of immune-based diseases such as cancer and AIDS.

The centre hopes to extend the classes past the current finishing date of June 16, pending the continued support of Abel & Cole.


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