The benefits of yoga range from improved flexibility, better concentration, increased cardiovascular health and overall strengthening.

Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital (MHNE) currently offers yoga classes for cancer patients as a part of their Cancer Center. Held every Thursday at 9:30 a.m., the yoga classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor, Sandy Brady, who accredits the classes to a positive change seen in participants.

“I do see a positive change in participants in all yoga classes,” said Brady. “Here at MHNE, I see a more rapid change. Sometimes we come into class feeling fearful, uneasy, scared or in pain; most times after two or three sessions, I see confidence returning, self reliance, good posture and a more positive gait.”

The class is specifically for cancer patients and focuses on various areas of concern for each participant, such as: radiation, chemotherapy, fatigue, stress, sore or tight joints and muscles, and any side effects to medication. Brady attributes the openness and health progress to the benefits of the class.

“There are so many benefits … we have all had a cancer diagnosis. Sometimes the sharing before and after class is most important of all,” said Brady. “Other benefits include range of motion increases, headaches disappear, strength begins to come back. Attitude towards oneself becomes more positive,” said Brady. “A cancer diagnosis knocks the wind out of you. Yoga helps you feel whole again.”

The free yoga classes began in April 2011. What attracted Brady to the class were the benefits she saw as a breast cancer survivor.

“I've been teaching yoga for many, many years. I am a breast cancer survivor. In early 2011, I was having radiation therapy. Linda Wuest, nurse navigator at MHNE Cancer Center, and my very dear friend, was putting together a yoga class for cancer patients. Yoga was helping me. Why not share with others? I asked for the job!”

The hospital also offers low impact aerobics, tai chi, personal training, and strength and toning classes.

To learn more call 281-540-6425 or visit the hospital's Wellness Center at 18951 Memorial North in Humble.

Cutline: Yoga instructor, Sandy Brady, supports and believes in Yoga therapy for cancer patients.


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