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Yoga for Cancer Patients

Apr 30, 2011 07:17PM

Dan Coma

A gentle, healing yoga class for cancer patients and their friends or family members will be held on Wednesdays from 6:45 to 8 p.m., beginning June 1, at Penn State Hershey Breast Center. The instructor for the six-week class is Dan Coma, a registered yoga teacher, specializing in teaching kundalini yoga and meditation to people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

“Facing a cancer diagnosis isn’t easy, but scientific research points to yoga as an effective intervention to deal with symptoms of the illness and side effects of treatment,” says Coma. “This class uses gentle movement, breathing techniques, meditation and deep relaxation to help improve anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, pain and nausea.”

Even with the best medical treatment, Coma says, patients often ask what else they can be doing to help manage their health. “Yoga is a great complement and fits perfectly in an integrative approach to cancer treatment.”

Hosted by Penn State Hershey University Fitness Center, Penn State Hershey Breast Center and the Penn State Cancer Institute, the class is meant to help people regain vitality and feelings of control and hope. No prior yoga experience is needed.

Class location: 30 Hope Drive, Room 1710 A-B, Hershey. For more information, call 717-512-1367 or visit

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