Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500's Blog (72)

Can Yoga Really Help?

Yes! Yoga can help with some side effects of cancer treatment? More specific studies have been done on yoga and breast cancer, however, a large study of 410 cancer patients shows that those who participated in restorative and gentle hatha classes reported double the improvements in sleep… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on June 29, 2010 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

New to Yoga

We talk about 'beginner's mind' and when new yogini 's come to class, it is a honor to be their first guide to yoga practice. It reminds me that one of my goals is to look at situations with a beginner's mind. To take my belly breaths and delight in the sensations! What if it were the first time you were breathing with awareness! Some students have remarked that they… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on June 20, 2010 at 6:14am — 2 Comments

The Waiting Room Yoga

Last week, going into NYC with my cousin to two of her five appointments that week, a waiting rooms full of patients and caregivers. I did want to pop up and say," 'Let's do some yoga stretches!' " But a bit of social shyness and years of conditioning kept my yoga enthusiasm in my head. I stretched and wiggled. Got lost in making up stories to go with all the people in the waiting room. My cousin fell asleep. We waited over an hour and half, when the specialist finally came out, she simply… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on June 15, 2010 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Posting from my home State: Jersey

Yeah, I'm a Jersey girl. Did you know it's the only State that can be called by half of its name and still be known. The little State with so much going on! It still is 'home' to me. Today, my cousin Debbie and I crossed over The Bridge (George Washington) for those west of the Mississippi. She is undergoing chemotherapy for an autoimmune disease called Wegener's, and has had some… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on June 8, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

National Cancer Survivorship Day

The first Sunday in June is an annual, worldwide celebration of cancer survivorship. The National Cancer Survivorship website has links to local celebrations. Yogapalooza , Yoga Bear's celebration, will be held in a variety of cities, offering all day yoga, raffles and gifts! If you can't visit one of the cities, there is a virtual celebration. The first time I attended, I was going in support of my… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on June 1, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Yoga + Seniors = Frank and Sepril Iszak

It is my great honor to introduce new Yoga Bear members: Frank Iszak and Sepril Gobe-Iszak, my first mentors and yoga teachers. After cancer, deciding how to become a yoga teacher that specialized in teaching cancer patients was not an easy in 2005. I googled lots of training programs and found SAYCO (Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach) in San Diego. It was a God-send, because their 70 hour program, with six months of weekly mentoring,… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on May 25, 2010 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Yoga Poses In Real Time

What about yoga in our everyday lives? If I don't get to class and haven't gotten to the mat, what then? Am I not going to practice at all? In these 'in between' times, I can take a pose and practice breathing. Choosing to stretch where ever I find myself. I'm a wiggler. I don't sit in a chair very long without wiggling. Mostly, my feet don't touch the floor and my back starts to feel achy and so, I take a pose in the chair. In an all day lecture, you will find me next to the wall, in the back… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on May 18, 2010 at 5:00am — 6 Comments

My Husband and Meditation

This weekend, my husband, Chris, decided to listen to a talk on meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn .

The "Mindfulness" technique of meditation is deceptively simple. Take a sixty-seconds, and listen to your breathing. Yep, that's it. Want to try again? Here's goes.… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on May 11, 2010 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Stress Busters: Add-On to the List

No doubt we've all tried ways to handle "emotional hangovers", commonly referred to as 'stress', a pile up of overcharged nerve endings which causes everything from crankiness to migraines.

Chronic and unremitting stress, associated with cancer treatment, calls for an arsenal of tools.

Here's a short list of things, please add-on:

1. Yoga -… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on May 4, 2010 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Your Test Came Back Positive

Carol, the older sister of my bf from childhood, was diagnosed with breast cancer this Wednesday. I jotted the date in my journal, so I could send her a card next year when I plan to celebrate her first year A.D. ( after diagnosis). Having a positive attitude about prognosis is something I consciously decide. Of course I can't know the future, no one does, and hope is a choice and comes in many forms. There's also a good body of… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on April 27, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Yoga Movie

A small school, Yoga Wells, in San Diego played the movie "Yoga Unvieled" at their school this afternoon. Two of my mentors were there and a good friend. It's so wonderful to share yoga ! Let me warn you, it's a long movie! I stayed for the first disc, it was over two hours and the second disc is one hour long. If you've ever wondered about the… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on April 20, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

Fulfilling Dreams

When first diagnosed with cancer, our lives change and we wonder about our futures. We consider our mortality, our priorities and decide what we want to accomplish: what we dare to dream. Having just returned from the Liver Cancer Symposium in Dallas, I met survivors that are doing all of these things! Some were told they had no hope for survival, and we at the conference to find… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on April 13, 2010 at 3:30am — 3 Comments

Energy

One comment and request that I hear from cancer survivors and students is about having more energy. Certainly the rigors of cancer treatment takes its toll on our energy, and add to that the emotional factors sprinkled in with heavy thoughts, a recipe for exhaustion. How can yoga help? The main… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on April 6, 2010 at 4:30am — 4 Comments

Yoga to the Rescue

Stress is part of our human experience, especially in modern day times. Yoga can help to soothe us. In San Francisco, a restorative yoga class at Bernal Yoga is growing rapidly as more people find

quiet and stillness the best antidote for stress. A restorative class uses props to allow students to stay in… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on March 30, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Witness Practice

This weekend, I am attending a yoga training geared toward adaptive vinyasa for cancer survivors at Prana Yoga, taught by Ingrid Yang. We are using the Witness Practice, which is either active progressive relaxation or passive relaxation. Different yoga traditions teach variations of this meditation. The emphasis is observing our thoughts (our minds) , our emotions (or spiritual center) and our physical bodies. Learning to be a loving… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on March 23, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

Springing into Yoga

With warmer weather starting, many of us are ready to travel out of the coziness of our homes and start an exercise routine. Sometimes, we need guidance regarding our fitness level. Can you walk a for twenty minutes and not be winded? Can you get up and down off the floor without sweating or flushing? Can you bend forward and reach toward your toes , knees soft, and come up without feeling dizzy? If so, you are probably able to… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on March 17, 2010 at 4:18pm — 1 Comment

Patricia "Trish" Martin: Yoga Crone 70 Years Young

Trish Martin is a 20 year cancer survivor living the principles of the yogic path by following her heart in teaching yoga. Trish says, "What you give, you get". For Trish, teaching senior yoga and cancer survivors is a gift. Her senior class started in chair yoga last year and have progressed to 'graceful and energizing' Sun Salutations! The benefits of starting yoga at any age and the hopefulness of progressing is inspiring to… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on March 9, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Sherrill Smith: Rising Star for Yoga Bear

Sherrill Smith is a woman with passion and a vision. Deciding after thyroid cancer to become a yoga teacher and specialize in teaching other survivors, Sherrill didn't wait to get started on spreading the word, planning local projects and becoming Arizona's YB Chapter director. Sherrill did an interview about Yoga Bear and the benefits of yoga and healing called "Cancer Warrior', produced by Mel Majoros. The interview began a chain of events… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on March 2, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Nina Doren Carroll: Yoga Bear Volunteer

Nina started teaching cancer patients in October of last year as a volunteer for Yoga Bear. She is not only interested in helping survivors, but getting the community involved in the program and gaining support. Nina says its been a little frustrating to garner support, but the benefits she sees in her students helps her to press on. She has asked that if others have had success in getting community support, could they share… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on February 23, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Survivor: Susan Basmajian, B.S. , RYT

Curious about how other survivors are using their yoga practice, I asked some YB yogi's about their yoga practice. Susan, a five year breast cancer survivor, has been actively engaged in reaching out to other woman. Not only has Susan practiced yoga for twenty years, she has become a registered yoga teacher (RYT). She teaches yoga to breast cancer patients and says, "My yoga work has been with breast cancer patients who have had… Continue

Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on February 16, 2010 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

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