Yoga goes beyond relaxation for cancer patients, it helps build a sense of healing and hope

Yoga goes beyond relaxation for cancer patients, it helps build a sense of healing and hope


Yoga has always been an escape for me to relax and help me gain strength.

But yoga touched my life the most when I was going through cancer treatments and recovery. Gilda’s Club Quad Cities helped me through some of the roughest moments of physical and emotional weakness.

Yoga 4 Cancer is a special class Gilda’s Club offers Monday’s and Thursday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. to help build strength and flexibility in safe ways. It stimulates the immune system and builds bone density along with detoxifying the body. The unique class empowers participants to take control and enhance their lives and at the same time cultivate a sense of well-being. Survivors come together to create a sense of community. The yoga class integrates breath and body awareness while calming the mind, body, and spirit.

The class allowed me to feel a sense of healing and hope with every breath and movement my body could make. Together with other cancer patients and survivors, I shared a room of comfort and a strong spirit.

Gilda’s Club continues to grow its yoga programs and is reaching more communities.

Families impacted by cancer in the Geneseo, Ill. can take part in a chair yoga class and learn to make a healthy snack.

“Much like traditional mat yoga, families will learn to move with their breath,” said Kelly Craft, certified chair yoga instructor, who will lead the class. “Chair yoga takes traditional mat poses and adapts them to the chair.”

The class will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 15, at the Hammond Henry Hospital, Conference Room 1AB – 600 N. College Avenue, in Geneseo.

Chair yoga is great for individuals who have never tried yoga and seasoned yogis alike,” said Craft. “Families will also learn to make a delicious and kid-friendly snack.”

The community event is made possible by the Kiwanis Club of Geneseo. Registration is required and can be done online at or by calling 563-326-7504.

“Chair yoga was what got me moving after my train wreck with advanced pancreatic cancer,” Michael Zeglin, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities member said. I was not mobile, and I gave it a try with awesome results. The swelling from lymphedema was improved, and I started to get confidence that I had a chance at living again. I was told not to compare myself with others and do the best I could. God bless the instructors for such good advice.”

Gilda’s also offers chair yoga regularly at the Davenport location, 1234 East River Drive.

In addition to chair yoga and Yoga 4 Cancer, Gilda’s Club offers other relaxation classes like Group Meditation.

You can learn more about all the yoga classes and other programs offered by visiting

Whether you are a going through cancer, are a survivor, or a family member needing support, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities can help you cope. Yoga is just one of the many great programs the organization offers to support our community.


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