On January 8th, I will be crossing another threshold in yoga: teaching other instructors about teaching cancer patients/survivors. I'm saying patients because my particular niche is early survivorship-during cancer treatment and shortly afterwards.
To compress two weighty topics, yoga and cancer,
into a 4 hour workshop seems impossible. I keep
refining the outline - a little OCD creeping !
Tari Prinster (YB Board of Directors), a survivor and instructor, has coached me into reality - only the basics can be covered in this time frame.
It's really nice to be able to talk about growing pains on Yoga Bear!
And it feels 'right' to start off the 2011 with new goals.....
What yoga goals are you working on for yourself?
I am so happy to hear you will be doing this, Jean! We need more direction about teaching to survivors. I use this forum as a sounding board, but I also have a few great mentors that have helped me all along the way. I look forward to you becoming a mentor for so many after this workshop.
In 2011, I will be stepping way out of my comfort zone and starting a cancer support program. This involves not just me teaching (in my "zone", but challenging nonetheless), but spreading the news through sampler classes at oncology centers and hospitals - not my thing at all. I am totally intimidated by this, but doing it anyway.
It's been a long time since I challenged myself with this kind of scary goal, but I know it's what I need to be doing right now.
Wonderful! I see we are both going 'off the mat' into some discomfort. I think of how yoga
poses have taught me to stay present, to breathe, find peace and serenity and yet, not go into pain.
I have considered teaching in a hospital setting, and here are some thoughts:
1) have an opened class for staff, caregivers and patients
2) use the closed circuit TV to 'get into isolation' rooms
3)tape the sessions so that people can use them later
4) use the 'waiting rooms' to have clips of 'yoga stretches' for all kinds of patients
Please keep us updated on your new endeavors....and I will also keep adding what I learn.
Hi Alicia and All,
This past week, ideas have taken shape and I am now excited to meet my first group of students!
I have a huge notebook of plans, resources, articles, pictures, websites, activities....I guess I have a lot to say...but in three hours, as Tari reminded me, I can leave them with the notion that these topics : Yoga and Cancer- take lifetimes to 'understand'.
So, my approach is one to their emotions, as emotions help us seal in experience. This is true , especially of adult learners (I was a special education teacher for 28 years before teaching yoga!) So, the first activity is for each participant to get a "Doctor's letter" saying that they have cancer or are suspicious results. Many survivors get voice messages, some of us get letters in the mail...however we hear it, it is shocking event...the tidal waves ripples ...we are awakened!
Thank you for the support and virtual hugs,