YOGA THERAPY

RECOGNIZING AND NOURISHING THE LIGHT WITH IN EACH AND EVERYONE

“Namaste – I bow to the divine in you. The idea is that the goodness that is in me is also within you.
Rather than seeing each other’s flaws, we should strive to find the connecting thread of goodness and
of humanity that ties all of us together. ”

Penny Cooper
Yoga Therapist

Penny fell in love with yoga about 15 years ago and has not looked back. Yoga has benefited her in so many ways over the years of practicing, it helps her to calm down, to center herself in a state of peace, tranquility. She loves to pass this on to all the people she works with.

A few years ago to Penny started taking yoga into a new direction when she began working with private clients who had chronic heath problems. This is the yoga she got the most pleasure from and loves the best. Specialising in chronic diseases, lung/breathing problems, cancer, and people dealing with the side affects of chronic disease medication has changed her life and the people she has worked with.

Penny trained in 2012 for her 200h at The Sharla, Cape Town, and in 2016 for her 500h teachers training at Wellness Connection. She teaches in a few studios around Cape Town, The Yoga Room in Vredehoek, Hotdog yoga in Seapoint, Yoyoga in Pinelands, Equilibrium Retreat in Hout Bay. Her teaching style largely focuses on helping students find proper alignment before moving deeper into a posture. The sequences are challenging for students of all levels yet attainable for new students, as she provides variations for many postures.  She teaches yin yoga, open level Vinyasa, private lessons all with clear easy-to-follow instruction.

“For me it is always important to start with a blank-canvas approach, which allows the students define what yoga means for them, I try always to meet students where they are and speak their language. For years, I taught yoga in a corporate setting and believe this has helped me make yoga accessible to everyone.”

Yoga isn’t about pretzel shapes and handstands, it’s about recognizing and nourishing the light with in each and everyone. Yoga seeps into your bones, your heart, and your soul over time. Yoga can give you a whole new outlook at your self and the world around you.

BENEFITS OF YOGA IF YOU ARE ILL

Yoga helps you find hope in the future by learning to live in the present.

Yoga is a combination of postures, rhythmic breathing, and meditation, it contributes to our physical and mental well-being. Derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuj,” yoga stands for the union or joining together of body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is not a religious practice, but rather a philosophy of creating an internal environment that promotes health and vitality. Yoga helps center our thoughts.

With its slow, gentle movements, the practice of yoga is possible for all people who are otherwise
limited in their activities due to fatigue, shortness of breath, and other symptoms of cancer and cancer treatments.

THE BENEFITS OF YOGA

Helps manage depression, fear and anxiety

Depression and anxiety can be prevalent in patients suffering through the emotional strain of a cancer diagnosis or those undergoing invasive or rigorous treatments. Research has revealed that though its centering activities and breathing exercises or, the practice of breath manipulation, it has been shown to positively affect immune function, autonomic nervous system imbalances, and psychological or stress-related disorders.

The guided breathing exercises help the respiratory system to regulate nerves and create a relaxation response and can thus help relieve feelings of anxiety that can help calm both mind and body.

Yoga restorative poses, with the aid of support, help to increase circulation and guided meditation/deep breathing to let go of grief, fear, and foreboding, you can actually re-pattern and calm your stress cycles.

Mood enhancer

It’s a fact — exercise produces endorphins and endorphins improve your mood. A regular yoga practice, no matter how gentle the movements, allows the body to release endorphins so you can instantly experience a positive boost in mood.

In addition, a regular yoga practice can boost self-esteem because you feel better about your appearance, strength, and overall physical condition.

In a few studies, yoga lowered blood cortisol levels in patients with breast cancer. Cortisol is a hormone that is secreted during stress and may play a role in the progression of cancer.

Helps to manage physical pain

Beside the well known and painful physiological side effects of cancer treatment, emotional stress can also produce physical pain. Moderate, appropriately modified physical activity aids in managing the physical pain that can be experienced during treatment, and research has shown that people who practice yoga specifically when in recovery report reduced pain and stress.

Gentle guided movements, can help to expand range of motion, improve circulation, and relax muscle tension to speed up the recovery process.

Yoga mediation can be used for chronic pain and illness, based on an ancient form of meditation known as ‘mindfulness’. Mindfulness meditation has been shown in clinical trials to reduce chronic pain by 57 percent. Accomplished meditators can reduce it by over 90 percent.

Helps reduce fatigue and helps with sleep and insomnia

During chemotherapy and radiation, most patients have fatigue. In research studies, regular exercise has been linked to reduced fatigue. Yoga was associated with a significant decrease in the fatigue related to cancer and cancer treatments. This is also incredibly important, as the majority of people with cancer suffer from cancer-related fatigue.

Yoga may help people falling asleep or remaining asleep. This is more important than it may sound, as we’ve learned that insomnia in cancer patients can be dangerous — not only by increasing fatigue and lessening the quality of life, but may even play a role in survival.

Loss of appetite

In some cases, yoga results in an improvement of appetite accompanying a cancer diagnosis.

I believe that yoga can truly help people
find time to be in the present and give hope
for the future

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