Embarking on the road of chemotherapy treatment for cancer can be a difficult and trying time for anyone to endure. Having been through chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer just over 5 years ago, here are some tips that I can offer to support you through treatment.
Last week, Yoga & Healing participated in the Esoteric Therapies stand at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in Sydney. Over the 4 days, we offered as a group of Esoteric Practitioners 400 complimentary Esoteric Healing sessions. What an amazing experience this was.
The word ‘esoteric’ refers to our inner-most or inner-heart, a place within that when re-connected to naturally unfolds us back towards a way of life that is based on love and harmony with all.
Commonly today, the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions yoga is the postures or exercises. However, yoga is more than this.
In essence, yoga is about how to be with our self in any given moment in a quality of energy that is true in connection.
It has been five years since I underwent treatment for breast cancer. At the age of 33 I was diagnosed with a grade three tumour that had spread to my lymph nodes. At the time I was teaching yoga, meditating and eating what I thought was an all round healthy diet. I also thought I had a full and happy life. I now have five years perspective.
Many who have been through a serious illness or life event, will often say that it is life changing.
In our classes, we often mention the importance of yoga not just being a practice that is on the mat and suggest ways as to how can we take the practice into our everyday life. After all, that is what yoga is – the quality of presence that we bring to all we do, say and think. It is not just about the postures or putting our bodies into strange shapes.
For us, the practice is first of all about our connection. We spend the first 7 – 10 minutes of every class guiding people to re-connect with their bodies via feeling different body parts and also through gentle breathing to assist them to come back to the essence of who they are. It’s then about taking this connection into movement with the qualities of being steady, comfortable, gentle and at ease.
I have been pondering of late about what I do for a living (Yoga and Esoteric Healing) and feel grateful to share what I love and am passionate about with others.
So what is Yoga and Healing and why are they important and how can they work together?
In yoga there is a term that is referred to in Pantjali’s Yoga Sutras (the ancient teachings of yoga that date back to over 2,000 years old) called samskaras – which are the habitual patterns of our mind that make up our conditioning.
What I have been reflecting on within myself of late is just how many of these there are and how can I go about in my day-to-day life shifting some of these.
During the time I was having chemotherapy, I attended a local movie premiere of Sex In The City. The evening was a fundraiser for breast cancer. Given the nature of the movie, the cinema was naturally full of women with the odd token male. As I looked around, I sadly observed that one woman in each row of the cinema would be affected by breast cancer within her lifetime.
The latest statistics from The Cancer Council NSW state that one in seven women will develop breast cancer by the age of 75. This is an astonishing figure. I was one of those people who had thought to herself, “not me, I’m too young, I’m too healthy”.
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About Donna Nolan
Donna Nolan has a love of supporting people to reconnect with their body through yoga, meditation, massage and the Esoteric Therapies. With over 16 years experience as a practitioner, she is dedicated to true health and wellbeing.
About Alexandra Plane
As a complementary health practitioner, yoga and meditation instructor Alexandra Plane is known for her gentle nature, love for people and deep integrity. Alexandra’s love and dedication is towards bringing deep care back into people’s life and the community.