Yoga For Cancer Classes


Science tells us that psychological stress can affect the immune system – the body’s defense against infection and disease, including cancer. Reducing stress benefits us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Smith Center offers therapeutic yoga weekly, as well as regular yoga workshops, meditation and qigong classes, and more.

Ongoing Therapeutic Yoga Classes

Weekly gentle yoga classes are open to anyone interested in attending. They are specifically designed for adults facing stress, cancer, or other illness. Learn various techniques to help reduce stress and balance mind, body and spirit. Restorative Yoga focuses on relaxing the body in restful postures. Note that ‘rest’ is different than sleep. Rest provides the body an opportunity to renew and heal. Enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing and enhanced energy. All levels welcome.

Our yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes. 

Therapeutic Yoga Class

Gentle Morning Yoga for Cancer & Stress
With Beth Lawrence
Mondays | 10:30-11:45am
$10/session or $25/month

Chair Yoga
With Beth Lawrence
Tuesdays | 12:00-1:00pm
$10/session or $25/month

Gentle Evening Yoga & Relaxation
With Yael Flusberg
Tuesdays | 6:00-7:15pm
$10/session or $25/month

Mindful Yoga
With Kiersten Gallagher
Thursdays | 10:15-11:30am
$10/session or $25/month

Yoga for Strength & Stamina
With Allison Olson
Sundays | 10:00-11:00am
$10/session or $25/month

Register through our Programs Calendar or call us at 202.483.8600

More Upcoming Stress Reduction Programs

MEDITATION: COMING HOME TO YOUR BODY: Wednesday, July 18th 9:30-10:00am

Stress Reduction and Integrative Health

Countless studies have proven the physical and emotional benefits of including stress reduction as part of an approach to optimal wellness. Additionally, Smith Center’s yoga classes are listed with the National MS Society and we welcome patients and caregivers of those with multiple sclerosis to our gentle yoga classes.

Restorative yoga, as well as other forms of yoga, meditation, and other techniques, help to trigger the Parasympathetic Nervous System, also known as the PNS. The PNS is responsible for balancing the body and bringing its response system back into equilibrium. Stimulating the PNS helps to lower heart rate and blood pressure; it helps to healthily stimulate the immune system and keep the endocrine system operating healthily.

Meditation & Stress Reduction ClassWhen this system gets out of whack, or when the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) gets over-stimulated, the PNS helps to bring all back in balance. It is believed that if the PNS is tapped out or under-active, illness pervades. Thus, forms of relaxation, such as yoga and meditation, that help to stimulate the PNS are generally beneficial for overall body health.

David Spiegel, MD, author of Living Beyond Limits, reports, “In medicine, we are learning that physical problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, can be influenced by psychological interventions, such as relaxation training. Mind and body are connected and must work together, and this should be a powerful asset in treating medical illness.”

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