Restorative yoga class coming to Ottumwa YMCA for cancer patients

Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 10:33 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Restorative yoga is a new kind of exercise beginning at the YMCA for cancer patients.

According to Candy Fisher, a Fitness Staff Member at the YMCA, says restorative yoga is a new kind of yoga that consists of minimal movement and calm positions. “It is a practice of constant and deliberate relaxation.” The class is meant to help current cancer patients and others who have been through chemo treatments to find comfort.

The class takes the restoration a step further. Fisher says the class is what the name restorative suggests, “It’s a restore process for the body.”

Going along with rejuvenating the mind and body, Heather Coffman the Wellness Director at the YMCA says the classes focus on bettering the quality of life for everyone and providing a support system. “When you get into a group of 10 people in the class that is all currently going through cancer treatment or have been through cancer treatment and just having a level of support as well.”

A support system, but also a safe surrounding to be in. Coffman says with COVID-19 and people with cancer, having weakened immune systems can bring concern. That is why the class is currently limited to 10 people at a time. “Their immune systems may be compromised at this point so trying to find a safe environment to come to, so they can get out in the community get the social support, social interaction but also try to keep that in a safe environment a safe place.”

The funding for the class came from a grant given to the YMCA by the Legacy Foundation.

For more information about the YMCA and the upcoming restorative yoga class, click this link.

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