Fundraiser to provide yoga for cancer patients

2018-11-21 06:01

TANJA Pau, of AnandaMaya Yoga in Port Elizabeth, will host an event on December 1 to start a fundraiser that will get her the training she needs to teach yoga to cancer patients and survivors.

The event will be a yoga and gut health workshop at Humewood Golf Course.

Some of the proceeds will go towards funding Pau to travel overseas to train as a Yoga for Cancer (Y4C) teacher.

Pau will co-host the event with Judith Reynolds, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. The workshop will include yoga poses that are good for the digestive system, information about gut health, a mindful eating exercise and learning how to make sauerkraut and kombucha.

The two met a few months ago when Reynolds attended one of Pau’s yoga classes for the first time. Reynolds had been doing yoga for several years before she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She wanted to continue doing yoga during her cancer treatment, but she struggled to find a way to do this.

“When I looked at YouTube videos of yoga that was supposed to be appropriate for women who had mastectomies, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. The poses were all stretches of the arms and shoulders. I couldn’t get my arm above shoulder height for a couple of months after the operation so I couldn’t do any of the sequences,” she said.

Reynolds bought two books on yoga for people with cancer and used the books to put together her own practice. One of the books was Yoga for Cancer which was written by Tari Prinster, a breast cancer survivor in the United States. She offers training for yoga teachers who want to learn how to teach yoga to cancer patients and cancer survivors.

Pau would like to do this training so that she can expand her yoga teaching to offer classes to people with cancer and perhaps also other health issues.

Nature’s Own Pharmacy has sponsored a free health consultation to be given away as a prize at the workshop. Pau and Reynolds are in the process of looking for other sponsors for the event.

The yoga and gut health workshop will take place at the Humewood Golf Club on December 1 from 08:00 to 13:30.

For more info contact Tanja Pau at 082 322 5535 or Judith Reynolds at 072 858 6895.

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