Yoga instructor offering classes for cancer patient

  • Yoga instructor Pam Roberts leads a yoga class for individuals with cancer at the Greenfield YMCA in February 2017. A new eight-week session of the class has just begun. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Published: 9/12/2019 6:44:02 PM
Modified: 9/12/2019 6:43:52 PM

GREENFIELD — Gentle Yoga for Cancer, a complimentary program sponsored by Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s oncology department, has started an eight-week session.

Classes are open to all individuals with cancer of any stage, according to a Baystate Franklin press release, and no experience is necessary.

The facilitator is long-time breast cancer survivor Pam Roberts, a certified Kripalu yoga instructor who is also certified in Yoga of the Heart Therapy for cardiac and cancer patients. Roberts has been leading this class since 2011.

“Yoga helps relax and de-stress, through the practice of strengthening and guided breathing exercises,” Roberts said. “The gentle postures help participants recover from surgery, as well as regain and maintain range of motion, strength and balance.”

The program is made possible thanks to money raised at Wheeling for Healing, a yearly fundraiser supporting cancer services and care at the hospital. According to the release, the event has raised more than $400,000 to date, and has provided funding for items such as new infusion chairs in the oncology suite, exam tables and programs like art therapy, massage, yoga and writing workshops.

Gentle Yoga for Cancer classes will be held on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the YMCA in Greenfield. The first class was on Wednesday.

Advance registration is required. Contact Roberts by phone at 413-625-2402 or by email at pamro@aol.com.




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