Robin Brourman Munson
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  • North Hollywood, CA
  • United States
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Cancer Survivor
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I was originally diagnosed in 2000 with Leiomyosarcoma of the uterus. II had a recurrence exactly two years later. As of now I am 7+ years cancer-free. I have been practicing yoga for about four years and I am planning to take the yoga teacher training in early 2010 at Yogablend in Burbank, CA.

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Safety First!

Jean Di Carlo Wagner asked a thought-provoking question in a discussion: What do you think is the most important thing to tell yoga teachers about teaching cancer survivors?

Drawing on my own experience as a survivor - I would tell yoga teachers to remember to maintain a sense of safety within the yoga class.

For me, when I received my diagnosis it felt as if the floor had just dropped out from under me and I was hanging by an invisible… Continue

Posted on October 15, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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At 9:19am on August 26, 2011, nancy stannard said…
Robin, I see you teach at the Cancer Support Community in Pasadena. I have heard great things about them. I'd love to talk more--maybe email would be more appropriate. If you'd like to, please email me at Hope to hear from you.
At 9:24am on June 21, 2010, Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 said…
To me, my ego is the place where are doubt and fear lives, and in my Spirit, a calm...beyond reason or circumstance, is ever-present! Beginner's mind!!! joyful~ without expectation! Tell us all how it goes! Blessings, Jean
At 7:50am on June 21, 2010, Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 said…
Hi Robin,
No replies are 'out of order', we share from our hearts...always a space for that! Yes, I feel so blessed to be sharing yoga, doing work that is both meaningful and joyful to me, seeing the whole of life....the spectrum of all emotions...and keeping the Light of the greater purpose of our souls. Namaste, Jean
At 2:41pm on June 19, 2010, Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 said…
Hi Robin!
Congratulations on completing your 200hr training and the beginning of teaching yoga! On the
Home Page of YB, go to "Groups", click on it and all the groups will appear...there's one for
I was a Resource Specialist for 28 years! I taught all age groups, and especially loved to 'catch' the little guys before they had big problems. I was teaching when diagnosed, stage iiic, cc....looked grim...I retired early. But, I 'got better'...and thought? Now what? For a year, I thought of what it was I could do and during that time, I was struggling to return to my pre-cancer workouts: low impact, weights, and yoga. There wasn't a class gentle enough for me and one day it dawned on me that I could help others by creating a 'bridge to wellness' with gentle yoga.
Now, it's seems that it was an obvious progression, but then, I felt identity as a teacher wellness...gone...and my life expectancy not so long! But, I'm still here!
My class design is based around the needs of someone in treatment or early recovery.
Oh! I see you are in might like to join the LA Chapter of YB....they are active and fun!
Thanks for asking....Blessings, Namaste, Jean
At 9:18am on November 11, 2009, Stephanie Smith said…
Also, I shared your message with the rest of my group and they really appreciated you insight. Would it be OK for us to quote you in the YogaBear handout we are compiling for instructors? You can write on my wall or email me at Thanks.
At 9:08am on November 11, 2009, Stephanie Smith said…
Thank you so much for taking time to think about and reply to my posting. It makes a lot of sense that the first thing an instructor needs to do is develop a sense of safety for the students. I'm glad you brought this idea to my attention because it is something that many of us take for granted. But it is hard to focus on anything else when a sense of safety is not there. Thanks again and take care.
At 8:24am on November 3, 2009, Leslie Kazadi, LA Director said…
I hope you find a way to make it. I think it's going to be really fun and a great community builder!
At 8:36pm on November 2, 2009, Leslie Kazadi, LA Director said…
Welcome to yoga Bear. and congratulations on doing a teacher training.... it's such a great experience. The LA chapter is having an event on 11.14 in santa monica... I know it's a drive, but would love to see you there. check out details on the home page of yoga bear on the right. leslie kazadi

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