Did you know that in the United States, half of all men and one-third of all women will develop cancer during their lifetimes?
Treatments depend on the stage and type of cancer, but can include surgery, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, radiation, or biologics—each with their own set of side effects, such as exhaustion, chills, sores, nausea, and depression.
Numerous studies have documented the positive impact of modified yoga on those who are battling cancer. Patients report reduced blood pressure, depression, and anxiety, as well as better hormonal balance, and stress management, and an overall improvement in quality of life. As such, many hospitals now include yoga and meditation as part of their integrative medicine programming.
Kula for Karma partners with hospitals and cancer treatment programs to provide a modified yoga practice to their patients.
Watch this video with our partners at Dubin Cancer Center to learn more about our program for cancer patients:
On Thursday, July 14th, Barbara Infeld, one of Kula’s greatest supporters and mother of our founder, Geri Topfer, passed away after a three year battle with breast and ovarian cancer. Throughout the course of her treatment, practicing yoga helped Barbara to manage her symptoms and improve her overall well-being. She wanted to ensure that even more people who are battling cancer have access to the practice and experience the same benefits. If you’d like to make a donation to our cancer program in Barbara’s honor, you can do so here:
Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NJ
Englewood Hospital, Englewood, NJ Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack, NJ MontefioreNyack Hospital, Nyack, NY
Flow Yoga Studio, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
Gilda’s Club, Bergen County, NJ Phillipsburg Cancer Survivor Network, Phillipsburg, NJ Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ
St Joseph’s Wayne Hospital, Passaic County, NJ Ronald McDonald Summer Camp, Poconos Mountains, PA
Yale New Haven, New Haven, CT Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ Bellevue Hospital, New York City, NY
"I did not find Kula for Karma’s yoga for Triple Negative Breast Cancer patients until after I had completed my treatment and surgeries. I had never done yoga before, but felt like I needed some emotional support and wanted to find peace with my new physical and emotional normal. During treatment I felt mentally strong. I was fighting and doing something to beat the cancer. My mantra was “I am stronger than the cancer. Once treatment stopped I felt powerless and terrified. I had not yet found yoga. I wanted to quiet my mind and find strength. As a Triple Negative Patient I felt like I was dealt an additional burden, and, there was no one who quite understood my situation. The TNBC class provides a support group. I don’t mean that we all sit and talk about our situations just that we are all there, in a quiet peaceful fight to adjust to our bodies and lives."
- Linda Bailey, Client at Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation