October is . . .
October is . . .
. . . a time of pumpkin spice everything and usually, lots of fall color! We typically think of fall color including oranges and yellows and reds but fall color also includes a lot of PINK!
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all the awareness materials and branding are pink! During October, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and collaborating organizations work to raise awareness of the importance of early detection steps and treatments.
According to Wikipedia, “In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies, founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol.” This symbol is quite prevalent all year long but especially in October.
The breastcancer.org site notes that,
“Research in breast cancer patients has shown that yoga may be able to help:
☼ improve physical functioning
☼ reduce fatigue
☼ reduce stress
☼ improve sleep
☼ improve quality of life
Our own Sunrise Yoga instructor, Kim Crawford, discovered yoga as part of her breast cancer journey. She tried yoga to improve her range of motion after breast cancer treatments but discovered much more!
Kim says, “Yoga helped me through that journey and I guess my one thought about yoga and breast cancer is that they are both personal journeys. Once I committed to yoga my breast cancer journey became easier, calmer, less frightening and stressful. Yoga gave me strength from within.”
Cancer is scary regardless of who it affects and where it attacks. Research is improving every day and we are, hopefully, coming closer and closer to cures for all the types of cancers that exist.
In February, Sunrise Yoga will host Cheryl Fenner Brown, C-IYAT, ERYT 500, and her Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivorship workshop to Sunrise Yoga. While this workshop is only for yoga teachers and health care practitioners, we want you to know about it as our Sunrise Yoga instructors will be participating! We want to do what we can to help raise awareness and beat the odds for our yoga students.
If you feel comfortable, share your yoga and cancer story with us. You might be the “pink push” someone else needs!
Questions for us about how yoga can help with cancer? Email us at info@SunriseYoga.net.