2012 - 2015
YESSSSS! Finally !!!
YOGA Therapies in a hospital !
From 2012 - 2015 It was my great privilege to have developed the first
Yoga Therapies program at
Health Alliance Hospital
a member of UMass Health Care
Simonds-Hurd Complementary Care Center .
Finally Yoga helps in Hospitals !
2012 - 2015 a program was developed assisting patients , care givers , doctors and nurses in learning stress management in body mind and spirit with Yoga tools listed below ...
This was literally a dream come true ...A manifestation turning Some BIG lemons in to Sweet lemon aide . Having had back surgery at 15 ..and again at 33 I remember every fiber of my being asking why ..why all this pain , would it ever stop , why didn't any one have answers ?
Like most of us ,I was given pain killers and minimal PT. Which made me moody ,very sad and my life felt dis jointed ,I was, I believe out of touch with my body mind and spirit . The domino effect of medicine with out teaching personal healing skills is indeed a big problem. We all need a soft place to fall, love and kindness. We need to know how truly strong and capable we can be. Then we can be a part of the whole in essence when we learn to heal we can learn to give.
Yoga Therapies teaches these amazing self help tools:
1.Asana " poses " for strength and balance
2.Pranayama " breath work " for relaxation and quieting the mind
Working at Simonds - Hurd Complimentary Care Center and Oncology Ward , I taught Yoga Therapies, assisting those in need with anxiety and pain management.
We developed personal skills : Asana "poses" for awareness of changes in the body, strength, skill maintenance and restoration.(this can take the smallest form of movement or propping for support and ease adding much comfort when challenged with long term hospital stays)
Pranayama "Breath Work" for quieting the mind and developing a new system of relaxation for the brain to relate to (and in succession the body follows) Mindfulness Meditation skills prepare us for the changes of new habits and awareness
slowly but surly of
Santosha - "contentment"
Our Sessions would begin with a Dharma talk , a conversation about what the intentions were , from there we work together with the above systems for healing , including a specialized combination of stress releasing ,strength building practices - some take only minutes to learn and practice. This is key because many clients were literally receiving Chemotherapy as we worked together . In a long process such as Chemotherapy Yoga Therapy can offer a safe space ,and we can safely build a positive mind set .. this helps many fold ! On the Oncology floor we used guided meditations to form a practice that connects body mind and spirit in finding a restful positive place to dwell . Being relaxed and positive unlocked freedom. We learned together that a discipline contains relaxation and release. We used the relaxing experience of Tibetan Medicine Bowl meditations Release of and pain management with Reiki , and Savasana ( a relaxed restorative posture ) for the body to spot Comfort . We learn about the skills of "practicing relaxing" by witnessing thoughts ,watching them and we can practice letting go of thoughts , a choice of no longer "hooking into them" and worry over them.
We also used "Fountain of Trabazon" www.fountainoftrabazon.com an Oracle deck of 56 paintings and a brief guide book for positive affirmations to learn how to read the symbols in life and seek the calm and sweeter path. I created this deck over the early years of work in Oncology Yoga and self published it in 2016 to make it available to everyone.
Id like to Thank the Doctors Nurses and Staff who participated and shared these new holistic modalities .
You are very appreciated!
After four years of working with these amazing brave people and the ability to give free Yoga Therapies (due to the award three years in a row from the Angies Spa grant for YT ) I am truly grateful. My hope is that all hospitals incorporate these skill sets to help care for all staff, patients and care givers.
Previous class descriptions at Health Alliance Hospital in Fitchburg , Ma. 2010 - 2015
Tuesday 930 am Restorative , Gentle Raja Hatha Yoga Class
Restorative implies building back up, slowly and gently using poses that are individualized to suite injury or tightness. This yoga practice also increases mindfulness and awareness of the breath to decrease stress, increase tone, flexibility and strength.
Some classes may include: Nidra
The practice of Yoga Nidra systematically combines initial relaxation of body and mind, awareness of breath, awareness of feelings and sensations, and the rotation of consciousness throughout different parts of the body. Though “nidra” means sleep, students experience profound relaxation on physical, mental and emotional levels. The class is open to all levels and no prior experience with yoga is required. Classes do not build upon each other, therefore you may attend randomly (drop-in) or every week.
Free Yoga Therapies
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Thanks to Angie's Spa Grant
Patients at the Simonds-Sinon Regional Cancer Center in Fitchburg received free acupuncture, yoga and hand/foot/chair massage made possible by a renewed grant from Angie’s Spa Cancer Foundation! Free massage and Yoga are also made available to caregivers who accompany patients during treatment.
Founded in memory of Angie Levy, Angie’s Spa is a 501(c)(3) charitable, cancer foundation that funds hospital programs across the country with the express purpose of providing free therapeutic spa services to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. These spa services are designed to alleviate painful side effects, provide relaxation to enhance traditional treatments and give cancer patients a self-esteem boost.
As a 100% volunteer organization, including all of the Angie’s Spa staff, legal counsel from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; advisors from the entertainment, financial industries and more, Angie’s Spa ensures that all raised funds go directly towards patient services.
A distinct aspect of Angie’s Spa is that everyone involved has been personally touched by cancer, and therefore has a unique and specific understanding of the needs and interests of cancer patients and their families.
As of October 2013, Angie’s Spa is funding SIX hospital programs. These programs are community-based, thus providing therapeutic spa services to economically under-served populations, among others. Feedback from acupuncturists, massage therapists, physicians, hospital administrators and testimonials from the patients have been incredibly positive and have pushed us even more to raise funds for additional hospitals across the county.
Learn more about Angie’s Spa or make a donation at www.AngiesSpa.org or www.facebook.com/angiesspa . For more information about accessing the services at the Simonds-Sinon Cancer Center, please contact Lynn Gerrits at 978-343-5098.
Millions of Americans seek the comfort, relief and relaxation provided by therapies such as massage, Reiki, acupuncture, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and more, often as part of their daily, weekly or monthly health and wellness regimen. Though cancer patients may also enjoy the same benefits, they may also seek out “complementary” therapies to help reduce the often brutal effects of chemotherapy and radiation or to aid in healing following surgery.
In the field of integrative medicine, these evidence-based practices have been shown to help reduce such physical side effects as nausea and vomiting, fatigue, sleeplessness, pain, as well as numbness and tingling in the extremities. In addition, patients report reduced feelings of anxiety, a strengthened immune system and an overall enhanced sense of well-being.
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Yogini Karen Winslow rests in "Restorative Childs Pose" .
The use of props to support the body stabilizes and sweetens our experience in