Natural Health Expert Says Yoga May Help Heal Breast Cancer Survivors

Here's what you need to know and where you can go in Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park and Beverly-Mt. Greenwood to get your local yoga fix.

Breast cancer patients and survivors know the standard treatments can be rough—surgery, chemo and radiation therapies not only take a toll on your body, the leave long-lasting side effects. Fatigue is one, disruption of sleep is another, but depression, anxiety and weight loss also are common.

Few treatments are available, but there are options, according to Elaine Gavalas, an author; natural health expert, and blogger for the Huffington Post.

With few treatments available—antidepressants and sleep meds can have their own side effects—Gavalas notes that studies show that cancer patients can benefit from such therapies as stress reduction and exercise classes.

Yoga, she writes, can improve the quality of life for women undergoing breast cancer treatment. It also may help with sleep disorders, fatigue and boost mental health.

Here is a list of local yoga studios for you to consider:

  • Natural Instincts, 11113 S. Western Ave., Chicago
  • Beverly Arts Center, 2407 West 111th Street, Chicago
  • Beverly Yoga Center, 1917 W. 103rd Street, Chicago
  • Oak Lawn Community Pavilion, 9401 Oak Park Ave., Oak Lawn
  • 8722 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn
  • Jacob's Well Church Community, 3401 S. Maple Ave., Evergreen Park

Learn all about yoga's health benefits on Joan Zigulich's yoga blog and visit her Yoga Pathway Facebook page.

Gavalas notes that a 2010 study found yoga improved sleep problems and fatigue. About 75 percent of the patients were breast cancer survivors. Participating for 75 minutes twice weekly, the Yoga for Cancer Survivors program helped the group combat fatigue and sleep loss, the study found.

Gavalas also cites a 2011 study indicating yoga helped cut stress and improved the quality of life for breast cancer patients having radiation treatment.

Marissa Krupa October 21, 2012 at 05:55 PM
This is a great list! There is now another resource: The Center For Self-Actualization, at 3317 W. 95th St., Suite 101. I'm teaching Wed: 6:30-7:30AM and Sundays 9:30-10:45AM. Prices & sign-up are all on the website: http://www.forselfactualization.com/
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