Houston Survivors Course

Yoga practice perfect for stress management for cancer patients

Smitha Mallaiah

Smitha Mallaiah

A regular yoga practice offers cancer patients and survivors a great tool for stress management.

Smitha Mallaiah, Mind/Body Intervention Specialist in the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, & Integrative Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will teach a yoga course at the Foundation for Women’s Cancer Survivors Course at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas on Friday, May 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration for the free course is still open for survivors, loved ones and caretakers.Clinical evidence shows that yoga is beneficial to cancer patients, Mallaiah said.

“After finishing treatment and getting back to their routines, cancer patients must find a ‘new normal’ after care,” she said. “The practice of yoga can help calm and relax survivors in the new normal.”

Mallaiah said it is important that cancer patients are exposed to stress management since stress has been proven to cause tumors to change and grow. The physical benefits of yoga include less fatigue, more vigor, enhanced mood and better sleep, which will lead to better overall health. Yoga practice can also be geared toward an individual’s physical ability, from chair yoga to standing.
Register online today for the free course.  The FWC course will include a breakfast and lunch provided for attendees.

If you have any questions, please contact Teri Jordan, Chief Meeting and Education Officer, at teri.jordan@sgo.org  or 312-676-3902. Educational sponsorship by AstraZeneca, Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Sprint for Life 5K.

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