Informed by Cancer: Yoga Therapy to Support the Lived Experience of Cancer
With Anne Pitman
May 22 - 26, 2024
“Anne creates a space and practice for conversations dealing with ongoing processing of cancer diagnosis, treatment, healing, grief, fear of reoccurrence and, importantly, how to support ourselves and loved ones experiences at our own pace.” – past participant
Cancer changes us. It is, in itself, a full-time job: the immediate flurry of tests and difficult decisions as well as having to navigate unexpected side effects of treatment. Family, friends and caregivers are also impacted; differently, but significantly. In the rush and mayhem, little room or time can be given to curiosity, wondering, or slow reflection. Surprisingly, the end of active in-hospital treatment, once longed for, can be strangely lonely. Where did everyone (friends, doctors, nurses, therapists, well-wishers) go? How can we integrate the cancer experience, grief included? How do we come back to the body after this profound experience? What is this “more time” for?
With yoga therapy as a guide, we will practice a holistic, gentle and inquiry-based approach to the lived experience, and turn toward the felt impact of cancer’s travails with compassion and wonderment. Generous listening, to ourselves and each other, begins an embodied practice to consider the lingering shock of diagnosis, unacknowledged anxiety or trauma, persistent discomfort and the fear of recurrence. Explore and curate a do-able, accessible safe and individualized breath, yoga and meditation practice to continue at home. Share with others the willingness to find steadiness, compassion and deep humanity amongst future uncertainty, while planting yourselves more firmly in the joy of the present moment.
“Anne Pitman is a skilled woman with deep wisdom. She speaks passionately and with knowledge on both the science and spirit of Yoga Therapy. Through her decade of working with us, she has run innovative programming at the OICC and has gently cared for our patients throughout the trajectory of their time with cancer. Attend Informed by Cancer – your heart is in good and tender hands.”– Dugald Seely, ND., M.Sc, Founder and Director of the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre/ Centre for Health Innovation
This program is designed for people with a lived experience with cancer: patients in treatment, post-treatment or living with chronic or metastatic cancer; partners, adult family members, caregivers and health care providers in cancer-care, anyone needing both respite and reflection while walking along the cancer care continuum are welcome to join.
Optional one-on-one calls with the presenter will be offered before the retreat in order to ensure a safe and enjoyable space for all participants. Yoga practice will be accessible to all levels and experience. No previous yoga practice is required.
A detailed schedule will be available at least 2 weeks in advance of the program. View sample schedule here.
Anne Pitman (M.Sc., E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, Pain Care Yoga certified) has her masters in Kinesiology and is the Director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy with over 40 years of experience in teaching somatic movement, training embodied yoga teachers and pioneering yoga therapy in Canada. She is a practicing certified Yoga…
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