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Complementary and Integrative Medicine: Yoga

What Is Yoga?

Yoga is a mind and body practice with origins in ancient Indian philosophy. The various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. There are numerous schools of yoga. Hatha yoga, the most commonly practiced in the United States and Europe, emphasizes postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama). Some of the major styles of hatha yoga are Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vini, Kundalini, and Bikram yoga.

Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health - Yoga


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center yoga classes are currently being taught online. Yoga instructor, Cheri Clampett, shows how to use household items to make yoga props.

Wellness Classes

The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center offers a variety of wellness programs to support patients from diagnosis, through treatment and life after treatment. Most programs are offered free-of-charge. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Wellness classes are currently being offered online via Zoom. For more information including who qualifies for Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Wellness Programs & Classes and how to register, visit the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center website or call (805) 879-5678. To view the full, up to date schedule of programs, see the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center calendar.

Gentle Yoga

A restorative class featuring supported yoga postures, breath work and guided imagery to help manage side effects, reduce stress and support healing.

Schedule: Mondays 2:15pm - 3:15pm, Wednesdays 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Restorative Yoga for Peace

This class incorporates restorative yoga (supported poses), gentle yoga, guided imagery and breath work to support the body in clearing stress, so it can focus on healing.

Schedule: Fridays 11:00am - 12:00 noon

Yoga for Resilience in Challenging Times

Join us for gentle strengthening and slow mindful stretches to support wellness. Guided relaxation, breath work and self massage included.

Schedule: Fridays 9:45am - 10:45am

Yoga for Strength and Empowerment 

Geared for those seeking to reduce stress and restore strength as part of their cancer recovery process.

Schedule: Wednesdays 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Relieving Stress Through Tai Chi Yoga

Combining Tai Chi and Yoga into a single practice creates a unique opportunity in which one may explore the profound influences on the body, mind and spirit. The meditative practice can help relieve stress and tension and increase energy flow.

Schedule: Mondays 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Materials at the Resource Library

These are just a few highlights from the Resource Library collection. Please click here to search our online catalog. For more information about the Resource Library and how to borrow materials, visit our website

Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support programs for patients and families. We are recognized for medical excellence, a strong clinical research program, and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention.

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