Dear YB Yogis,
Yesterday was my third colonoscopy post cc in 2003, stage IIIc (12" of bowel removed and resected) NED for 8 years! The prep is not fun, but has improved over and now includesMiralax, a powder added to 64oz of fluid (I could only down 32 oz., it seemed to work fine). MiralaxGetting ready for any exam, especially after a… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on February 19, 2011 at 6:59am —
Reading about yoga is another way that I practice, today, I read "The Sun Always Rises"
; knowing, that darkness (accident, misfortune, illness) is part of the order of the Universe ~ Total Surrender to a higher power, no matter the outcome
: Yoga Sutra I.23
On January 8th, 2011, I will be teaching at Yoga… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on December 8, 2010 at 4:30am —
Ever think about your feet? Most of us take our tootsies for granted, until they hurt. In yoga, we use our feet as grounding
. For cancer patients receiving certain types of chemotherapy, neuropathy
, dry skin, lack of coordination and balance may effect our feet and , therefore, our grounding.
Make sure to tell your yoga teacher what's going on with your feet. Though… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on November 8, 2010 at 4:30am —
Our emotional needs intensify during cancer treatment and yoga for cancer survivors can alleviate some of the stress. We also need other survivors to help us along our path, especially those that have a similar diagnosis. Studies are being done on the effectiveness of yoga
, on line support groups
, and other supportive therapies.
If you've found this site, you are… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on November 2, 2010 at 4:00am —
Hope: it's our birthright to live with hope.
My mentor and friend, Suzanne Lindley, had hoped for a third child, and after ten years Chloe found her way into their family. Chloe needed hope, her young mother was unable to care for her, and Suzanne, a stage four survivor, was hoping for… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on October 26, 2010 at 4:30am —
Ever go through periods of acquiring information? Well, I seem to be in that mode right now and have another wonderful day of learning about yoga planned. Nischala Joy Devi
is a well respected teacher of yoga, meditation and chakra
Her bio includes studying with Swami Satchidananda
for over twenty five years and then lending her expertise of blending eastern and western healing in the yoga portion of Dean… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on October 19, 2010 at 4:00am —
Sepril (center) is explaining how to modify yoga with blankets, rolled yoga mats, blocks, straps and chairs. Sepril and her husband, Frank Iszak, hosted their first yoga retreat in Joshua Tree, California, in a Frank… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on October 12, 2010 at 4:30am —
After seven years, you'd think my annual check ups
would be a breeze for me, but they are not. October memories are filled with a mixture of remembrances: my last chemo and a "Goddess Party" I threw for myself to bring ceremony and ritual
into the end of active treatment. I also remember being exhausted and unsure about… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on October 5, 2010 at 4:30am —
Days are shorter. The sun sits lower in the sky. Summer bugs are few, and Buddy's hair has stopped falling out. The cycles of the sun affect our days, our moods and food. The Sun Salutation
, a series of yoga asanas that honors its namesake, can be modified
to bring the essential elements of ritual thanks and its benefits to the new yoga… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on September 28, 2010 at 4:00am —
You make friends with cancer by
heeding its call to consciousness,
by letting it change your life.
You slow down. You pay attention.
You stop doing things you don't really
want or need to do.
You prioritize. You pace yourself.
You respect your body.
You spend time with those whose
presence is healing.
You make friends with cancer by noticing the
small miracles that occur daily--
the chorus of bird songs in the… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on September 21, 2010 at 4:33am —
Just back from Maui where my husband, Chris swam the Maui Channel/10 Mile, raising funds and awareness for my mentor Suzanne Lindley and her non-profit "YES" and funds for the YCS cd .
It was an opportunity to join together our mutual interests in… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on September 14, 2010 at 4:30am —
Scott is a listserv friend. He is having a SIR-Sphere's treatment for liver cancer and wanted to write to another list friend who is advocating for her son, who is 27 and has been told that there is no hope for him. With Scott's permission, I am posting his amazing email here.
My name is Scott and I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Rectal Cancer (with liver metastases) 3 years ago. At the time of my diagnosis, the prognosis was very grim. I had a… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on September 7, 2010 at 4:30am —
Andra, a breast cancer thriver, went through the rigors of breast cancer treatment, losing her never cut hair but not her hula dancing to regaining the pieces of her life. She'd just taken that first tentative breath of survivorship, when her mother, Jade, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The shock wave drove deep into reserves, as she now fought for her mother's wellness along with her own. The complexity of a mother-daughter relationship and a… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on September 2, 2010 at 4:30pm —
Maybe it's because summer came late to California, but there's a frantic swirl of activity which has lead to many opportunities to substitute for other yoga teachers. Today, three classes, back-to-back and no one knew their teacher would be out. Students may never have taken yoga with me and some people are new t… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on August 24, 2010 at 4:30am —
Hannah is a two year old Corgie who flops over on her back to rest , just about whenever she had enough of what's going on, it's her built in 'time out'. Buddy, our 12 year old Golden, loves Hannah and respects her time in "Savasana"
by giving her space. Not only are Buddy and Hannah a good reminder of staying in the moment, but their unconditional love for life is contagious. So, last week, when… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on August 17, 2010 at 5:00am —
Reflecting on life and what is most important is essentially the heart yoga and a cancer diagnosis. Dyan, one of my friend's, used her cancer experience
to remind me about what she found most joyful in living
. We had long conversations about her family, her childhood, and her… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on August 10, 2010 at 5:30am —
Starting over, even with blog posts, as I lost the first version, takes commitment and patience. The irony is that I was blogging about starting over and over with exercise, but resiliency is important in other aspects of life, too. Recovering from cancer
requires many skills, some of which we have use before and others that we develop. The advantages of exercise
are commonsense, but with the… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on August 3, 2010 at 4:00am —
You can read about Tari in many places, on the web
, as a presenter for IAYT
and Yoga Journal conferences
and through her work with… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on July 27, 2010 at 10:00am —
Summer heat is climbing up!And we can use some poses to cool down!
Here are some variation of
"LEGS UP THE WALL"
Lie on the bed
Put four or five pillows under your lower legs
Knees are bent as though sitting in a chair,
so from the side view, you look like a chair yourself!
Elevating the lower legs is cooling.
Take 30 breaths, slowly, and maybe… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on July 20, 2010 at 4:00am —
Intention: " ...what one has in mind to bring about." The definition stated that intent
was a stronger and clearer form of the word. I still prefer intention
. Softer, to me, and more in line with my belief that while we can offer with our intention, we cannot know, with certainty, what another person needs. In a yoga class for cancer survivors, my intention is that my students learn about… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on July 6, 2010 at 4:00am —