Relaxing is probably the last thing you would expect cancer patients to be able to do after being diagnosed but every week small groups meet to do just that!

 

All our yoga classes have been adapted to work for people with cancer and all abilities are welcome – no previous experience of attending yoga classes is needed.

While yoga will not cure or prevent cancer, it has been shown that it can improve general well-being by helping relieve side effects such as pain, problems sleeping, fatigue and depression. It can help relieve tension and anxiety, enabling patients to have a greater sense of ease and well being. For patients recovering from surgery, it can lead to improving flexibility in a gentle and balanced way. No wonder more and more doctors are recommending this form of exercise for patients!

Our yoga takes place:

Tuesdays, from 2.30 pm at The Rainbow Surgery in Ramsey.

Wednesdays, from 1.45 pm at The Golden Lion Hotel in St Ives.

Fridays, from 10.30 am to 11.30 am at the Holiday Inn Hotel, next to Huntingdon racecourse.

We have some fantastic yoga teachers who run our classes:

Cherie Luckman –

Cherie LuckmanCherie (on the left in the photo next to some of her pupils) has taught yoga for the last 16 years. She provides general classes but also supports prisoners and officers at Littlehey prison. She has been involved with Hunts Community Cancer Network since it first began. She is a member of the British Wheel of Yoga and undertook specialist cancer therapy training in order to better support people coping with a cancer diagnosis.

“I believe that Yoga delivers a profound sense of well being and of fun but also mindfulness. Attending the HCCN classes regularly, people learn skills and develop a tool kit to help them cope physically and emotionally with diagnosis and treatment.”

 

 

Linda Garrick

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“Yoga is one of my passions . I started attending classes after having health problems and found it so beneficial that I decided to end my career in finance and retrain as a yoga teacher .
As well as doing regular mat classes, my main focus is on therapeutic and chair yoga taken in a fun relaxed atmosphere . I really enjoy meeting all the people that attend the sessions , to me it’s a hour spent with friends enjoying ourselves .
On a personal note I love walking my dog , swimming , eating out and socialising with friends  and trips to the coast .”

 

 

 

Jill Wiles

 

Jill Wiles 

“I feel very privileged to have been asked to work with HCCN to teach yoga. It’s so nice to work with a local charity where all the money raised goes towards supporting the local community, everyone has been so welcoming and friendly.

I am married with two grown up children and two lively granddaughters’ who keep me very busy. Yoga is my big passion in life, I try to encourage anyone and everyone to do it, my granddaughters even have their own pink mats and practice with me. I did Pilates for many years to help with back problems, but discovered yoga ten years ago and very quickly fell in love with everything about it, so much so that in 2014 I qualified as a Yoga Teacher. I am also qualified as a Restorative Yoga Teacher and I am currently studying Adapting Yoga for People Living with Cancer and Chair Yoga.  My regular yoga practice is a style called Forrest which is quite dynamic and strong but I teach Hatha yoga which is much more traditional and gentle. I find the therapeutic benefits of yoga amazing and yoga can be whatever you want it to be depending how you feel; just turning up and breathing is yoga. My favourite part of being a yoga teacher is when you see a student relax, it’s as though they just melt and all the tension disappears.
I look forward to working with lots of students through HCCN and hopefully sparking a love of yoga in your life.”

 

No need to book for any sessions but if you are new, we do advise calling Amanda first to ensure the class is running. Partners are welcome. All classes are free to attend. Nurses attend sessions.

For enquiries please call Amanda on 01480 416410, or email aburridge@nhs.net