By Tari Prinster
Trade paperback book
For those faced with a cancer diagnosis and the journey of doctor-led surgery and treatments, yoga offers a way to regain control of your body and take an active part in your recovery and long-term health. In this easy-to-follow illustrated guide, yoga teacher and cancer survivor Tari Prinster presents 53 traditional yoga poses to address 10 common side effects and offers 9 practice sequences for varying stages of treatment and recovery.
Sharing her own story as well as those of cancer survivors and yoga teachers with whom she has worked, Prinster explores how yoga can be used to strengthen the immune system, rebuild bone density, avoid and manage lymphedema, decrease anxiety, detoxify the body, reduce pain, and help the body repair damage caused by the cancer and conventional treatments. She reveals the research that supports the physical and psychological benefits of yoga as an aid to recovery and in reducing the risk of recurrence. Explaining how yoga must be tailored to each survivor, Prinster gives you the tools to create a safe home yoga practice, one that addresses your abilities, energy level, and overall health goals.
Through personal stories, well-illustrated poses, and sample practices for beginners as well as experienced yoga practitioners, Prinster empowers survivors to create their own wellness plan in order to regain their independence and their physical and emotional well-being.
About the Author:
Tari Prinster is a certified yoga teacher and founder of yoga4cancer, former director of Women’s Cancer Survivor Program at Om yoga in New York City, yoga ambassador for the Living Beauty Foundation, and a breast cancer survivor. Her work has been featured in the documentary Yogawomen and in Yoga Journal. She has presented at conferences held by Yoga Journal, Yoga Service Council, and the International Alliance of Yoga Therapists and has published articles in many yoga publications. She lives in New York City and Vermont.
Praise for Yoga for Cancer
“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 aids the recovering cancer patient and survivor with experience, warmth, and good sense.”
-Loren M. Fishman, M.D., Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and assistant clinical professor at Columbia University