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Changing the Face of Yoga Podcast

Hosted by Stephanie Cunningham, a yoga teacher herself who is committed to sharing yoga with anyone, especially the over 50's. Stephanie created this podcast to share how yoga can be practiced by anyone with amazing benefits. Yoga teachers themselves will share their stories; discussing why they teach, who they teach, how students benefit. Every fortnight or so, we will release a new episode. We will talk with teachers about teaching children, curvy bodies, the elderly but also those that each yoga to support students with diabetes, cancer and mental health issues.
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Apr 17, 2018

1:11 Introduction of Jean Di Carlo-Wagner

3:56 Created a class for people in treatment for cancer, long term survivorship, and in transition. She was diagnosed with cancer and could find no suitable yoga classes as she went through the stages of cancer treatment.

Students are all laying down for the entire class. Yoga allows people to deal with the emotional aspects of the diagnosis or living with a chronic disease. Allows them to decompress. 60% of people diagnosed with cancer will have a re-occurrence. They become chronic patients then and need to manage their nervous system as they go through the process. Yoga provides equanimity as it has the most tools to help and makes the most impact. The ripples of the diagnosis last for a long time, often resulting a many stress-related issues. There is nothing that yoga can’t make a little better.

13:00 Benefits for students – class concentrates on breathing fully and naturally. People in stress often have constricted breathing. Makes space for people that are in some form of healing, it provides community, and cancer often motivates people to have a healthier lifestyle of which yoga is one aspect.

21:50 Witness – a non-judgemental look at ourselves, accepting our bodies as they are now, notice what is happening without attaching emotions. Jean gives a one minute witnessing meditation that she often uses in class.

22:30 Class begins with students that want to introducing themselves and what their bodies need. Language is very invitational asking people to move in any way that their body can do easily. Class usually consists of 25 minutes of stretching, 25 minutes of meditation, and 15 minutes of breathing.

Medical doctors are more accepting of yoga as part of the treatment for healing from cancer but do want valid research about yoga in this role. Research in yoga is changing from surviving cancer to the quality of life in the journey. Recent research which is more valid than older research shows that yoga is the safest and best for the majority of students in a class for people with cancer or surviving.

40:45 Transition – Jean brings the classes breathing and meditation aspects to the student’s home that can no longer attend class. Yoga allows space for discussing what is eternal in us; what transforms but does not die. Yoga helps us “walk each other home”. Helps other students in the class accept the death of a former student.

43:45 Yoga for Healing Phone Call – once a month Jean posts the date on FB for the monthly phone call which is very similar to the class.

48:40 Jean has uploaded 52 meditations on her website (www.yogabeing.net). This is her legacy to produce content that will be of use to others with chronic diseases or those that enjoy the meditations.

Contact details:

Website: www.yogabeing.net

Email: yogaforcancersurvivors@cox.net

FB, Insta, Vimeo, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Alignable: Jean Di Carlo-Wagner

Twitter: JeandW

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