I’m grateful to be headed back to my ‘bosom buddies’ yoga today. I missed it last week when I was out of town. I recently was asked to share why I attend the UIHC gentle yoga class for cancer survivors (as part of an initiative to ensure funding is available to continue the program). I thought I would share my answers as a way to reconnect with the importance of the yoga group in my life.
Why do I attend Gentle Yoga? Cancer touches you to your very core. Your heart and soul are compelled to join the journey with your body and mind. UIHC yoga provides a place to go where your spirit sustains you. There is a connection among us survivors in this place of grace that is filled with strength.
How does yoga practice make a difference in my life? UIHC yoga provides me with a weekly sanctuary…to be with other women who have walked my path is of great comfort. Our practice together offers me a place where I am comforted, guided, and supported. Our weekly yoga practice is the most important gift I give myself each week. I don’t have any sisters, but UIHC has given me sweet people to guide me along my journey.
What would you say about the group to someone who has cancer and has never practiced yoga? If you are looking for a place that feeds your soul at a time of great confusion and fear, UIHC is the place you want to be. Your level of physical ability is irrelevant here. It’s your willingness to let your light shine and dance your own graceful dance that creates a powerful, healing experience. I’ve come just to be in the room with this group, to breath and reach into my soul for the strength that I hold deep within me. I can’t imagine my cancer journey without the beautiful, amazing women I have met.
I’ve written poems about this beautiful place I gather with kindred spirits previously,in my post Breathing In…Breathing Out.