The amount of stress in my life increased significantly when my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 1998 and I began making frequent trips from New York City to Florida. She succumbed in April 2000. Then 10 days after her death, my father collapsed from an internal bleed from his own colon cancer.
Shortly after my mother’s diagnosis, I realized I could use some emotional support and began attending a Family Support Group at Gilda’s Club NYC. Gilda’s Club also offered free yoga and meditation classes to members. I had been interested in trying these Eastern mind-body techniques for a few years so fortunately had the good sense to take advantage of this opportunity … and profoundly changed my life for the better. Yoga, meditation and breath work (pranayama) have given me tools to feel whole and centered. And as an added bonus, all three practices have also brought important health benefits.
YOGA TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION