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Yoga for Cancer


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Foreword by Cyndi Lee

Foreword by Robyn Frankel-Tiger, M.D.


Introduction A Wellness Plan for Survival

Part 1
Understanding Cancer and the Benefits of Yoga

1 My Story

2 The Science of Cancer and Yoga

3 Applying the Science for Recovery and Prevention

Part 2
How to Build Your Own Yoga Practice

4 The y4c (yoga4cancer) Methodology

Preparing for Your Practice

Creating Your Yoga Practice and
Learning the Poses
Starting Your Practice
Taking Your Seat
Finding Dynamic Stillness
Taking Time to Breathe
A Moment of Meditation
Getting Warmed Up
Starting to Move with Your Breath
Arm Vinyasas
Seated Hip and Spine Warm-Ups
Warm-Ups on Your Back--Supine Vinyasas
Warm-Ups on Hands and Knees
Belly-Down Poses--Prone Vinyasas
Getting Up and Down
Building Strength, Bones, and Balance
Standing Poses
Sun Salutations
Warrior Poses
Balancing Acts
Rest and Restore
Restorative Poses
Savasana/Sunset Pose

7 Sample Practices for Varying Stages of Your Treatment and Recovery
In Treatment--30 Minutes
In Recovery--30 Minutes
Maintaining the New Normal--30 Minutes
Gaining Strength--30 Minutes
In Treatment--60 Minutes
In Recovery--60 Minutes
Maintaining the New Normal--60 Minutes
Gaining Strength--60 Minutes
Gaining Strength--90 Minutes

8 Poses to Target Common Side Effects
Bone Loss
Weight Gain
Range of Motion/Scar Tissue--Upper Body
Range of Motion/Scar Tissue--Lower Body
Constipation/Bloating/Abdominal Obstruction

Conclusion Cancer Steals Your Breath, Yoga Gives It Back

Resources for Survivors, Teachers, and Caretakers




About the Author

Tari Prinster is a certified yoga teacher, founder of yoga4cancer, former director of Women's Cancer Survivor Program at Om Yoga, New York City, yoga ambassador for the Living Beauty Foundation, and a breast cancer survivor. Her work has been featured in the documentary YogaWoman and in Yoga Journal. She has presented at conferences held by Yoga Journal, Yoga Service Council, and International Alliance of Yoga Therapists and has published articles in many yoga publications. She lives in New York City and Vermont.


"Prinster, a breast cancer survivor and certified yoga teacher, presents an innovative plan to help readers diagnosed with cancer reap the benefits of yoga practice, from diagnosis through recovery. Admitting she was initially skeptical of yoga's "healing powers," Prinster takes readers through the scientific research, concluding that yoga can function as the "organ muscle" of the lymphatic system: helping with lymphatic drainage, venous return, bone building, relaxation, and immune function. Prinster also persuasively demonstrates how yoga can cleanse and strengthen the body, increase range of motion and flexibility, strengthen the spine, alleviate weight gain, and help patients deal with pain, fear, and anxiety. To meet the particular needs of cancer patients, the book presents 53 different poses, appropriate for different diagnoses or stages of treatment. Although Prinster notes the advantages of taking a group yoga class, this text will help readers build their own home practice (particularly useful for those who can't locate a survivor class or would like to supplement one). In clear, compassionate language, Prinster explains her methodology and eloquently argues for yoga as a "prescription for reclaiming life and as a wellness plan for moving on to long-term health." * Publishers Weekly, November 2014 *
"A `must read' for those contemplating yoga as a means to take charge of their lives after a diagnosis of cancer." * JULIE A. ROSENBERG, M.D., RYT, pediatric oncologist and yoga instructor *
"Yoga for Cancer is a look into Tari's simple yet groundbreaking work with survivors. Her practical guide helps cancer survivors create a safe and inspiring home yoga practice. Tari's gentle approach is complemented perfectly by her easy-to-follow guidance, making Yoga for Cancer an instrumental aspect of healing, surviving, and thriving after treatment." * Elena Brower, coauthor of Art of Attention *
"As a general oncologist, I wholeheartedly support Yoga for Cancer. Tari has successfully blended the ancient art of yoga with the contemporary art of oncology in a beautifully mindful but scientifically based manner." * Julie J. Olin, M.D., Medical Oncology, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Vermont *
"Yoga for Cancer is a yoga prescription for those touched by cancer. Tari offers support born of experience and tough love liberally sprinkled with compassion. As a writer and yoga teacher, I can say this book makes an important contribution to our collective knowledge of the healing powers of yoga." * Linda Sparrowe, author of Yoga--A Yoga Journal Book *
"Yoga for Cancer is a must read for all those living with cancer, providing the essential yoga tools with which you can construct your own wellness plan. If you are living with cancer and have tried yoga before or need an invitation to start, please read this book." * Kate McIntyre Clere, filmmaker for Yogawoman *
"Yoga for Cancer is a wonderful read and full of essential information for those living with breast cancer." * Linda and Bob Carey, founders of The Tutu Project *
"Tari's empathy and knowledge of how the body works is a tremendous benefit to all who read Yoga for Cancer." * Mio Fredland, M.D., psychiatrist, New York Presbyterian University Hospital *
"A wonderful aid for beginners like me." * Susan Gubar, writer of the Living with Cancer blog for the New York Times *
"Tari's passion to assist cancer survivors is outstanding. Her practice is easy to follow and helps us get over the past and move more powerfully in the future. She provides mind and body empowerment." * Donna Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center *
"Tari Prinster was my Yoda-in-a-tank-top. I began taking her yoga classes simply to get back the range of motion in my arm and chest muscles, but her class taught me much more. I left stronger, inside and out. She expresses the lessons of her classes now in this book, and I'm thrilled she'll get to touch so many more people." * Shelley Lewis, cancer survivor and author of Five Lessons I Didn't Learn from Breast Cancer *
"Yoga for Cancer is a fact-based guide to healing. Tari explains in clear language what to do and why to unlock the healing potential of yoga." * Stephanie M. Shorter, Ph.D., RYT, neuroscientist and founder of Mind-Body Collective *
"While I was going through cancer treatments a few years ago, Tari's classes really helped me focus on something else besides being sick. The techniques and wisdom in Yoga for Cancer are almost as good as having Tari right there with you." * Jake Burton, founder and chairman of Burton Snowboards *
"This book is a terrific guide for survivors to do a daily practice. Its goal is to make this method of yoga for cancer a beacon for every survivor in the form of a book. Tari did a wonderful job creating this step-by-step method, and survivors everywhere will benefit." * Paulette Sherman, Psy.D., psychologist and author of The Cancer Path *
"As a cancer survivor myself, I found Tari's information on how to detoxify our body to be invaluable to my recovery. Yoga for Cancer is a useful tool for helping cancer survivors to reclaim their lives." * Kathleen McBeth, clinical psychologist at the Cancer Patient Support Program *
"An important addition to the growing collection of helpful resources for cancer survivors and yoga teachers is cancer survivor and yoga teacher Tari Prinster's recently released book, Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors." * Baxter Bell, M.D., RYT *
"Yoga for Cancer aids the recovering cancer patient and survivor with experience, warmth, and good sense." * Loren M. Fishman, M.D., Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation *
"This is straight talk from someone who knows. In Yoga for Cancer, Ms. Prinster effectively demonstrates why and how to use yoga to cope with cancer and cancer treatments, to lessen treatment side effects, and to enrich patients' lives as they regain and maintain their health.Yoga for Cancer sets out to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. Writing it is a loving act of kindness by Ms. Prinster. This book is highly recommended for cancer patients and survivors, caregivers, and yoga instructors." * New York Journal of Books, Birgit Patty, December 2014 *
"Tari Prinster's Yoga for Cancer is written as a guide for cancer patients and survivors, but the book is a wonderful introduction to the healing powers of yoga for anyone. ...A road map for creating a home yoga practice to support physical and emotional well-being." * Her Magazine, January 2015 *
"Prinster's text hits the mark. A deep knowledge of cancer's effects (and side effects) allows her to present the roles of both patient and practitioner with confidence. Prinster's own words and the testimonials of survivors/students weave together personal narratives and proven principles of medicine. Yoga for Cancer is a fully integrative book that works on every level to both motivate and soothe. It deserves to be in the hands of cancer patients everywhere. What are you waiting for? Go and tell a friend!" * Alive Magazine, Helene Meurer, April 2015 *

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