Free Yoga Classes

Below is a list of our partner yoga studios that offer free or donation-based classes to cancer fighters and survivors. Please read the descriptions to learn more about the classes offered and consult with your doctor to make sure a class is right for you.

 

ARIZONA

 

Livingroom Yoga
15671 West Roosevelt Parkway, Ste 104, Goodyear, AZ 85338
Description: Living Now Yoga, under the direction of Juliana Mitchell, offers 'pay what you can/by donation only', one-on-one Restorative Yoga & Yin Yoga classes to those who are currently undergoing treatment for cancer and/or for their primary caregivers. Depending on your unique scenario, Juliana will pair you with a skilled Restorative Yoga teacher or Yin Yoga teacher and your classes may either occur in a conveniently located studio space or even possibly in your own home. Restorative Yoga & Yin Yoga are extremely gentle forms of Yoga, which are profoundly conducive to healing and rejuvenating.
When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Contact: 623-932-0054 livingroomyoga@gmail.com
http://www.mylivingroomyoga.com

 

CALIFORNIA

 

Cancer CAREpoint Resource Center
2505 Samaritan Dr., Suite 402, San Jose, CA 95124
Description: Two weekly gentle yoga classes for people living with and beyond cancer. Donation suggested.
Contact: 408-796-7097
http://www.cancercarepoint.org/

 

Cancer Support Community Benjamin Center
1990 S. Bundy Dr.Suite 100Los Angeles, CA  
Description: Level One with Sara Zuboff. Free for cancer survivors.
When: Mondays at 10:00 a.m. Just drop in!
Contact: 310-867-4891/peaceinpractice@gmail.com
www.cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.org

 

Healing Yoga Foundation
3620 Buchanan Street, San Francisco
Description: We offer a weekly class to give people the experience of the various tools in Yoga. This program is meant to support individuals living with cancer to nourish, reenergize, sooth and support the system. Each class will have specific focus to give participants a specific experience of either relaxation, revitalization, etc. and at the same time giving them tools/resources to use in their daily lives. $15 (financial assistance available).
When: Wednesdays Dates: Start date is January 12th, 2011 Time: 5:30-6:45pm
Contact: 415-931-9642, info@healingyoga.org
www.healingyoga.org

 

Inner Strength Yoga & Healing Center
2124 El Camino Real, Suite 200 Oceanside, CA 92056
Description: Donation based restorative yoga, healing yoga, and meditation
When: Restorative (Thursday at 12 PM and Sunday at 11 AM) and Meditation and Healing Classes (Tuesday at 7 PM and Saturday at 11 AM)
Contact: (760) 822-1348 / isyoga@cox.net
www.isyoga.com

 

Mindful Body
2876 California St. San Francisco, CA 94115
Description: This gentle yoga class focuses on breathing exercises for relaxation, meditative and restorative stretches, and postures that aid in lymphatic flow and detoxification.  Renee Heidtman has been serving as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and wellness coach since 2000.  She is living with Stage 4 Breast Cancer and has experienced many different treatment modalities. She has a compassionate heart and strives to help others find what makes them feel most at peace. This class is free of charge and is made possible by The Mindful Body, Shanti’s Breast Cancer Program, and Center for Peaceful Healing.  Drop-ins and all ages welcome. No experience necessary. Mats are provided.
Contact: 415-681-HEAL
www.centerforpeacefulhealing.org

 

Peninsula Jewish Community Center
800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City, CA  94404
Description: A gentle yoga class for cancer survivors and current patients.  The class also incorporates guided meditation and breath work in a supportive and nurturing environment.  Free to the entire community.  Please bring a yoga mat.
When: Fridays 1:30-2:45 pm
Contact: For more information, please contact the PJCC Group Exercise and Pilates Manager, Michele Mandell at 650.378.27771
http://www.pjcc.org

 

Piedmont Yoga
3966 Piedmont Avenue Oakland, CA 94611
Description: Join therapeutic yoga instructor Cheryl Fenner Brown for two weekly classes that incorporate gentle postures, mindful breathing, and relaxation to bring balance to the body, mind and emotions. These classes are appropriate for anyone who is living with any type of cancer; whether you have just been diagnosed, are receiving treatments, or are in remission. No prior experience with yoga is required and the classes include gentle restorative asana (yoga poses), mudras (hand gestures) for healing and relaxation, stress-relieving pranayama (breathing). Both classes are offered on a sliding scale to meet the needs of the community and donations are greatly appreciated. The regular class price is $15 for a drop-in, or $50 for a series of four classes. No one will be turned away for lack of funds and please come as you are. Partial funding is provided by the Yoga Dana Foundation.
When: Tuesdays, 1:00-2:15 pm @ 4th Street Yoga; Thursdays, 12:00-1:15 pm @ Piedmont Yoga Studio
Contact: (510) 290-2641 or email Yoga.Cheryl@yahoo.com
http://piedmontyoga.com

 

Pilates Westwood
1309 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Description: Free ongoing gentle yoga class with Sara Zuboff. 
When: Sunday afternoons from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Contact: Just show up! For questions call 310-867-4891.
http://www.peaceinpractice.com

 

Samyama Yoga Center (via Stanford Cancer Supportive Care Program)
2995 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94306
Description: Three free weekly classes are offered to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers: Monday restorative, Wednesday gentle and Thursday basics. Just show up!
Contact: 650-320-YOGA (9262)
http://www.samyamayogacenter.com/

 

Santa Monica Yoga
1640 Ocean Park Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405
Description: Yoga for People Living with Cancer/Chronic Illness (Free) Fridays 1:30-2:30 pm with Cindy Fraser (FREE - just show up!)
Contact: contact@santamonicayoga.com
www.santamonicayoga.com

 

The Yogi Tree Center for Growth
4475 Vineland Ave., #31 Toluca Lake, CA 91602
Description: Gentle, Restorative, Meditative, Kundalini. Classes can be tailored to Cancer Patients
Contact 818-760-0112 jennifer@theyogitree.com
www.theyogitree.com

 

UCSF: Osher Cancer Center
1545 Divisadero Street (at Post)
Description: YogaCares: Therapeutic Yoga for Cancer Patients. This class incorporates gentle movements, postures, slow deep-breathing, meditation and relaxation. Our experienced instructor, Rachel Lanzerotti, MSW, RYT500, provides thoughtful, individualized attention. Anyone can find deeper well-being and enjoy the benefits of yoga. Whether you are in active treatment or living beyond cancer, yoga can help to enhance your quality of life. This class incorporates gentle movements, postures, slow deep-breathing, meditation and relaxation. Our experienced instructor, Rachel Lanzerotti, MSW, RYT500, provides thoughtful, individualized attention. She explains how to adjust the practice to your own unique needs and encourages you to do so. Participants may attend 10 sessions at no cost. Beginners and persons currently in treatment are welcomed, as are caregivers.
Contact: Mary Destri, destrim@ocim.ucsf.edu, 415-353-7882.
http://cancer.ucsf.edu/crc/yoga-cares/

 

Yoga House
11 West State St Pasadena, CA 91105
Description: Therapeutic Yoga for Cancer, a regularly-scheduled class offered free of charge at Yoga House, has been specifically designed by instructor Farzaneh Noori to address the many challenges - both physical and psychological - that face those who have been diagnosed and are undergoing treatment for cancer. Each class offers a synthesis of several natural healing modalities: restorative yoga; gentle yoga; breath work; meditation; and hands-on healing, all of which promote a state of deep relaxation which enhances the body's ability to heal itself.
Contactwww.yogahouse.com

 

COLORADO

 

The Healing Chest
1393 S York Street Denver Colorado, 80210
Description: A restorative and therapeutic yoga program designed specifically for women recovering from either prophylactic or therapeutic surgeries related to breast cancer. The Healing Chest offers modified Yoga to address these specific health issues rather than offering a traditional Yoga class. Traditional Yoga postures are offered in modified forms to accommodate the physical condition of recovering breast surgery patients. Each class is created to enhance the mind-body connection with the intent to augment healing both physically and emotionally. Every group is limited to 5 ladies for individual attention. Class is free or $10.
When: Ongoing
Contact: call or email in advance 303.921.0418, info@thehealingchest.org
http://www.thehealingchest.org

 

Yoga Center of Steamboat
701 Yampa Street Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Description: Free (donation suggested) weekly 60 minute class offers a safe place to compassionately explore the body, breathe into areas of tension, and strengthen areas of weakness. Very gentle, therapeutic movements will assuage symptoms and balance energy, build bone density, and stimulate the lymphatic system. Learn about the power and practice of breathing techniques, restorative postures, and guided meditation to induce relaxation and elevate the mood. This class is offered privately or in small groups.
When: Wednesdays 3:45- 4:45
Contact: PLEASE CONTACT INSTRUCTOR PRIOR TO ATTENDINGdcolgan23@hotmail.com, 970-870-1522
http://yogacenterofsteamboat.com

 

Yogadurango1140-A Main AveDurango, CO 81301
Description: Living Well Yoga is specifically designed for people in treatment or post-treatment for cancer, as well as their caregivers. The class includes gentle,therapeutic poses to allow individuals to explore their bodies, breatheinto areas of tension, strengthen areas of weakness, promote healingand relaxation, balance energy, build bone density, and stimulate thelymphatic system. Free, donation suggested.
When: Wednesdays 4-5:15pm
Contact: 970-946-8961
http://yogadurango.com/

 

FLORIDA

 

lotus frog yoga
6170 SR 70 East Bradenton Florida 34203
Description: Weekly, ongoing classes of gentle hatha and restorative yoga for people living with cancer. Please call or email in advance.  Donation suggested.
When: Monday Nights 7:30 – 9 PM and Saturday Noon – 1 PM
Contact: lfyogamedicine@aol.com
http://www.lfyogamedicine.com

 

IRB Yoga
1201 Gulf Blvd. Suite 105 Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
Description: Free classes for cancer survivors, their immediate family and caregivers.  Must indicate Yoga Bear prior to class. Donation is appreciated but not necessary.
When: IRB Yoga is pleased to offer over 36 classes and a workshop every Saturday each week
Contact: call or email in advance 727-871-1127, deborah@irbyoga.com
http://www.irbyoga.com

 

Journy Yoga
111 South Magnolia Drive, Suite 34 Tallahassee, FL  32311
Description: A free, gentle yoga class involving movement, guided meditation and journaling.
When: Tuesday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM (please call in advance)
Contact: robin@fromtheashesyoga.com
www.journeysinyoga.com

 

St. Joseph's Hospital
3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Tampa, FL 33607
Description: Free classes available to any cancer patient or survivor
Contact: call (813) 443-2046
http://www.stjosephstampa.com

 

The Yoga Shala
927 North Pennsylvania Avenue Winter Park, FL 32789
Description: Donation-baed classes for all levels. The Yoga Shala offers classes in the traditional Ashtanga Mysore Method; the most effective and enjoyable way to learn Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. This unique program is suitable for beginners as well as longtime practitioners because every student is taught individually.
When: Seven days a week. View schedule.
Contact: 407-506-4626 - krista@theyogashala.org
http://www.theyogashala.org

 

ILLINOIS

 

Gilda's Club
901 W. Wellington, Chicago, IL 60614
Description: Led by yoga instructor Mary Klonowski, this class is designed for beginners and those with physical challenges, or for those who just want a gentle stretching class.
When: Tuesdays 10 - 11 AM
Contact: (312) 464-9900, sabrinapratt@gildasclubchicago.org
http://www.gildasclubchicago.org

 

Total Body Yoga
210 Terrace DR. Mundelein, IL. 60060
Description: 6 months unlimited, free yoga for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.
When: Any regular scheduled class (we recommend the restorative class on first Mondays of every month at 10:45 AM & 7:30 PM or gentle basics every Sunday at 11 AM)
Contact: help@totalbodyyoga.com, 847.266.9642
http://www.totalbodyyoga.com

 

yogaview
2211 N. Elston Ave. Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60614 AND 1745 West Division Chicago, IL 60622
Description: yogaview offers a wide variety of classes for students at all levels. On Fridays from 11:45 - 12:15 joins us for free meditation, and Saturdays at 2, join us for a free community class at the Elston studio. On Sunday, drop by the Division location for the free community class at 1:30. Check the schedule for additional information. If you need help paying for classes, contact the studio about work/study opportunities.
When: Our schedule is available here and we're happy to answer questions about specific classes.
Contact: 773.342.9642
http://www.yogaview.com

 

KENTUCKY

 

Norton Cancer Institute
3991 Dutchman Ln., Plaza 2 Joan Riehm Community Room, 3rd Floor Louisville, KY 40207
Description: gentle, restorative, meditation (free)
Contact: 502-899-6888 nortonhealthcare.com

 

MARYLAND

 

LaughterRx
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Description: LaughingRx laughter yoga is a fun, uplifting, laughter exercise class. It's a great experience in letting yourself go and just being silly! Laughter is scientifically proven to be healing physically and emotionally. Classes are suitable for all ages and activity levels. No prior experience, jokes or traditional yoga poses are used. Classes are led by laughter expert, Nira Berry, a Certified Laughter Yoga teacher and leader, and DVd author: Laugh Off Stress laughter Yoga DVD. Free to cancer patients during treatment.
When: Sundays 5 - 6 pm (winter) and Tuesdays 11 am- 12 (fall).
Contact: Nira@laughingRx.com, 240-888-6555 for details and location
http://www.LaughingRx.com

 

NEW YORK

 

Anjali Yoga & Wellness
908 Niagara Falls Blvd, Suite 237 North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Description: Free restorative and gentle beginners yoga for cancer patients in treatment.
When: Gentle/Restorative class on Thursday evenings at 6pm, as well as Yoga 1-2 on Thursdays at 7:30pm.
Contact: Please email in advance info@anjaliyogawellness.com
http://www.anjaliyogawellness.com

 

Living Now Yoga
Astoria, NY and its surrounding, Western Queens neighborhoods.
Description: All levels Yin / Restorative Classes and Candlelight Flow (Light flow and restorative). One class a week free. For all others we can offer discount or donation.
When: Email for details
Contact: Jules@LivingNowYoga.com
www.LivingNowYoga.com

 

New York Yoga
1629 York Avenue, New York, NY 10028
Description: Donation-based restorative, gentle, and vinyasa classes 5 days a week
When: Monday 8:25, Tuesday 3:05, Wednesday 8:25, Friday 3:05, Saturday 2:50
Contact: Drop in (just show up!) or call 212-717-9642 with questions

 

Outside In Workout Studio
8905 NY Hwy 66, Averill Park, NY 12018
Description: Free ashtanga based yoga class with Lois Whitmann on Wednesday evening 7:30pm.  Also Tai Chi every Thurs 5:30 and Saturdays at 9am.
Contact: (518) 728-9079; info@outsideinworkoutstudio.com
www.outsidinworkoutstudio.com

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

Carolina Kundalini Yoga
305 Glenwood Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Description: Cancer patients from Yoga Bear can attend 10 classes for free. Monthly workshops throughout the Research Triangle area of NC are also offered, and Yoga Bear participants can receive a discount on these weekend afternoon classes.
When: Wednesdays from 6:15 - 7:45 pm, followed by free yogic healing until 8:30.
Contact: HarDarshan Khalsa hardarshankhalsa@hotmail.com
http://www.sacredlistener.com/kundaliniMeditation.html

 

Charlotte Family Yoga Center
10211 Prosperity Church Rd Suite 4 Charlotte, NC 28269
Description: Free yoga for cancer class specifically designed for those that are recovering or in treatment. Poses help students focus on stretching certain muscles after surgery and breathing techniques to help balance the nervous system. For people in treatment or post-treatment for cancer, as well as their caregivers.
When: Friday evenings at 5:30pm
Contact: 704-910-7745
www.charlottefamilyyogacenter.com

 

Presbyterian Cancer Center Rehab and Wellness
125 Baldwin Ave Suite 100, Charlotte, NC, 28204
Description: Intro to yoga gives an overview of what to expect when attending Yoga classes at Cancer Rehab & Wellness.  Attendees will learn the centering practice that is the basis for all other classes.  Classes are offered twice a month, free of charge.
Contact: Call 704-384-6953 or email bcthomas@novanthealth.org to register
http://www.presbyterian.org/site/our_services/cancer_services/cancer_rehabilitation/yoga/

 

OHIO

 

Granville Fitness
937 River Road Granville, Ohio 43023
Description: Free community yoga class those affected by cancer. The class is open to anyone impacted by cancer, including cancer survivors, cancer patients, caregivers and family members. One hour class will include gentle vinyasa flow yoga, restorative postures, mindful breathing and  relaxation. All levels of experience and fitness are welcome.  Classes begin February 6 and will run weekly throughout 2011.
When: Every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (just show up!)
Contact: Leigh Brennan,RYT,  (740) 404-9190
http://www.granvillefitness.com

 

YogaReach
Mayfield Village Civic Center 6622 Wilson Mills Rd. Mayfield Village, Ohio 44143
Description: Gentle meditation, and individualized classes for Cancer Survivors (post-treatment) and Caregivers
Contact: Char Grossman, yogareach@gmail.com
http://yoga-reach.org

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

Focus Fitness
1111 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Description:We offer a free yoga class designed specifically for cancer survivors, during and after treatments. The class, RePose yoga includes breathing exercises, stretching, strength building, and restorative yoga.
When: Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 1:30pm
Contact: Just show up! 610-525-5515
www.focusfitnessml.com

 

Sterling Yoga
2889 Glenmore Avenue, Dormont, PA 15216
Description: We offer a variety of classes including: Restorative Yoga: Will help release and deepen the connective tissues in your joints by using props to support the body. Postures will be held for 10 or 15 minutes; Morning Chair Stretch & Gentle Floor Stretch: A gentle, yet energizing program of yoga exercises and breathing designed for seniors, recovering from injury or illness or those who just want a Gentler Practice, we will work on increasing strength, flexibility, and balance; Beginning Yoga: A perfect class for the new student, or for the experienced student who wishes to take time to re-investigate their own practice. This class will focus on the fundamental yoga postures, breathing techniques, and alignment; Therapeutic Yoga: Every week we will approach a different topic in yoga depending on the needs of the group; & Karma Yoga: Start the week or weekend off right with this donation-based class. Relax, prepare for the week or after a hard week’s work, and energize yourself for the fun weekend ahead. $5 suggested donation.
When: Visit our website for the current schedule
Contact: Sterling Painton, sterlingyoga@verizon.net, 412-260-0533
http://www.sterlingyoga.com

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

Elements Healing Space, Inc
Pepper Geddings Recreation Center
3205 Oak St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Description: A series of supportive poses to nurture and nourish the body during active treatment of Cancer and for the Warriors who survived. Please bring a notebook or journal to write in. Plus a medical note from your doctor. Class is free and you will be entered in to a lottery for a complimentary Dr. Hauschka Facial treatment by Amanda.
When: Every Monday 6:30 pm –7:30 pm (just show up!)
Contact: Amanda(843)839-2762
www.elementsdayspace.com

 

The Yoga House of Charleston
1836 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29407
Description: We offer a restorative/gentle class called Renew on Sunday evenings at 5:15 PM. The class is free to patients and survivors, and we welcome caregivers to attend as well
Contact: Please email/call in advance 843-608-0368
www.yogahousecharleston.com

 

TEXAS

 

Yoga Bridge
Denton Regional Medical Center (Education Bldg) 3535 South Interstate 35, Denton, TX 76210  
Description: Yoga for any type of cancer at any stage of recovery. Caregivers and loved ones also welcome. Classes are free for anyone in active treatment for cancer. Restorative yoga, yoga for strength and stability, chair yoga, gentle flow, and meditation. Classes are taught by Registered Yoga Teachers, trained specifically to teach yoga for cancer.
When: Tuesday evenings at 5:30 in Denton; Wednesday evenings 5:30 in Flower Mound and Lewisville
Contact: Susan Reeves yogabridge@hotmail.com 214-912-6328

 

VIRGINIA

 

Avani Yoga Studio
4617 Chester Square Road, Chester, Virginia 23831
Description: Avani Yoga Studio is owned by a breast cancer survivor and offers a variety of classes for all abilities. Gentle Yoga on Sunday afternoons at 4:15 p.m. is recommended for cancer patients in active treatment. Free for those in need. Please call / email in advance.
Contact: 804-312-1026, info@avaniyogastudio.com
http://www.avaniyogastudio.com

 

Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga
2861 Lynnhaven Drive, Suite 108 Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Description: gentle and serenity classes for people with cancer.
When: Mondays 11:30 am; Wednesdays 6:30 pm; Thursday 11 AM
Contact: 757-496-7444
http://www.studiobambooyoga.com

 

WASHINGTON

 

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Room 3100
Description: Group and individual yoga classes. The gentle group class is especially for patients and their caregivers. Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:40
Contact: Laura Yon-Books (206)-365-1997

 

Providence Cancer Care Partnership 
1717 13th St. Everett, WA 98204
Description: Free class for cancer patients, Thursdays at 12:30
Contact: Shannon Middleton tranquilturtleyoga@yahoo.com
http://www.cancerpartnership.org


 

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