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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

gentle healing for cancer survivors

aware of my obsession with all things yoga, my friend stan recently forwarded to me an email from tabby biddle, a yoga teacher who runs with his pace group on saturday mornings.

it went something like this:

Please pass the word that I am looking for new yoga clients, either one-on-one or small to medium-sized groups. I do housecalls not only to homes, but also to workplaces, schools, churches, temples, etc. I tailor the practice specifically for the client(s) to bring them the most benefit. I teach everything from Power Yoga to Gentle Healing Yoga and everything in between. Please visit my website, www.tabbybiddleyoga.com, to learn more and book a session for yourself, your friend, your spouse, your colleague, or anyone else who needs some stress relief and tools for healthy, happy living!

i emailed tabby back to get more information about her classes, and she replied: "Most of my classes are private right now. I do teach a Women's Gentle Healing yoga class for women living with cancer or survivors of cancer at the Wilshire Temple on the corner of Olympic and Barrington Wednesdays at 7pm. The class is free and is sponsored by LA TEAM SURVIVOR."

since that ties in with this month's breast cancer awareness theme, i tracked down the team survivor website and found out that they offer a number of FREE yoga classes for women living with cancer at various locations around town, in both LA and orange counties.

in addition to gentle yoga classes, they also teach lying down & letting go classes, where "Both mind and body are exercised equally, using a very gentle, but thorough routine that takes from both Western and Eastern disciplines. Designed specifically for women who are in treatment or have recently completed treatment for cancer, these classes provide a routine that enhances the flow of energy while building strength, endurance and flexibility. All fitness levels are welcome."

so if you or someone you know is interested in taking a class to help regain and maintain health and well-being, pick a class from the list below, then call (310) 477-8557 to register. and don't forget to bring a mat and/or towel and water with you to class!

LOS ANGELES COUNTY:

burbank - mondays 7:00-8:30pm
providence st. joseph medical center
501 south buena vista st @ alameda

los angeles - mondays 1:30-2:30pm / tuesdays and thursdays 2:00-3:00pm
LAC + USC hospital breast cancer clinic
1200 north state room 4P43 (outpatient clinic)
between zonal and marengo, park 12A or 9A

los angeles - thursdays 6:00-7:30pm
stentorian fire station
1409 west vernon ave @ normandie

redondo beach - thursdays 6:00-7:00pm
the wellness community south bay
109 west torrance blvd, across PCH and catalina
right into 2nd driveway, upper lot, bldg 109

sylmar - wednesdays 2:00-3:00pm
olive view - UCLA medical center
14445 olive view dr
special treatment clinic

west los angeles - wednesdays 7:00-8:30pm
wilshire boulevard temple
11661 olympic blvd @ barrington
moyer dance studio 271

ORANGE COUNTY:

fountain valley - thursdays 7:00-8:15pm
orange coast memorial medical hospital and center
9940 talbert ave
special program bldg, 3rd floor near room 301

laguna hills - mondays 6:00-7:00pm
saddleback memorial medical center
24451 health center dr
women's hospital bldg, conference rm 2 in basement

mission viejo - tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm
mission viejo hospital conference center
26726 crown valley parkway

santa ana - tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm
the wellness community orange county
540 north golden circle dr, suite 315


many thanks to team survivor, as well as to the following instructors without whom these classes would not have been possible: tabby biddle, maria de la paz garcia, joyce gauss, lia hirtz, olivia israel, micheline keating, kim mason, sonia morales, karen penhale, and nancy pirozzi!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget Wespark in Sherman Oaks - they have free yoga and laughter yoga and many other classes for cancer patients and their family and friends/caregivers. It is a wonderful place www.wespark.com
Hilary Kimblin

5:56 PM  
Blogger joni said...

hi hilary --

thanks for passing along that tidbit of information! i checked www.wespark.org and found this description for the laughter yoga class:

Laughter is the best medicine. People all over the world are experiencing the healing effects of laughter through laughter yoga, the brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria from Mumbai. Laughter helps us keep healthy by enriching the blood with ample supplies of oxygen, remove the negative effects of stress, acts as a pain killer and boosts the immune system. Laughter is also anti-aging. Laughing contractions tone facial muscles and expressions.

Facilitated by: Hilary Kimblin

Tuesday, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 5:00pm

WeSpark Sherman Oaks is located at 13520 Ventura Blvd.
(818) 906-3022

9:18 PM  

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