Yoga for Cancer Recovery

Here at the CCNM Integrative Cancer Centre, we are preparing to start a weekly yoga class for our patients, and we want to highlight the benefits of yoga for patients with cancer. Over the past decade, studies on yoga, both during and after cancer treatment, have increased; this centuries-old practice is now recognized by some large, national cancer organizations as having significant benefit to quality of life improvements. A recent, large study of yoga for patients with cancer, both during and after treatment showed benefits to:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress/distress during treatment
  • Sleep disturbances after treatment
  • Chemotherapy induced brain fog
  • Immune function

A yoga practice can take many forms. You can do yoga at most gyms, in a group at a designated yoga studio, or at home, with a YouTube video. Here are some ideas to make yoga more accessible: