An ancient mind-body practice combining movement and stretches with meditation, yoga is used to manage symptoms and side effects and body terrain imbalances common in cancer.

Affordability and access

Prescription required?

  • No, but we recommend you consult your oncology team before starting yoga

Other names and subtypes

Hatha yoga is an ancient East Indian movement practice and discipline that is part of the larger system of yoga. It has been practiced for thousands of years, with many different styles evolving over the centuries. Hatha yoga involves regulated breathing, moving through various poses (asanas) and stretches, and meditation to achieve physical and emotional health benefits.

You may find yoga under these alternate names and brands:

  • Ananda yoga
  • Anusara yoga
  • Ashtanga yoga
  • Bikram yoga
  • Dru yoga
  • Integral yoga
  • ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda)
  • Iyengar yoga
  • Jivamukti yoga
  • Kali Ray TriYoga
  • Kripalu yoga
  • Kundalini yoga
  • Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
  • Power yoga
  • Sivananda yoga
  • Svaroopa yoga
  • Tibetan yoga
  • Viniyoga
  • Vinyasa yoga
  • White Lotus yoga

Where to access

  • Many hospitals, clinics, and other health facilities offer yoga classes
  • Yoga studios are available widely throughout the US and much of the rest of the world
  • Videos and online sources are also available

Affordability 

  • Low cost (less than $500 US/year), although higher costs are possible with higher numbers of sessions

Resources

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Authors

Nancy Hepp, MS

Lead Researcher and Program Manager
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Ms. Hepp is a researcher and communicator who has been writing and editing educational content on varied health topics for more than 20 years. She serves as lead researcher, program manager, and writer for CancerChoices. Her graduate work in research and cognitive psychology, her master’s degree in instructional design, and her certificate in web design have all guided her in writing and presenting information for a wide variety of audiences and uses. Nancy’s service as faculty development coordinator in the Department of Family Medicine at Wright State University also provided experience in medical research, plus insights into medical education and medical care from the professional’s perspective.

Nancy Hepp, MS Lead Researcher and Program Manager

Laura Pole, RN, MSN, OCNS

Senior Clinical Consultant
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Laura Pole is senior clinical consultant for CancerChoices. Laura is an oncology clinical nurse specialist who has been providing integrative oncology clinical care, navigation, consultation, and education services for over 40 years. She is the co-creator and co-coordinator of the Integrative Oncology Navigation Training at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC. Laura also manages the “Media Watch Cancer News That You Can Use” listserv for Smith Center/Commonweal. In her role as a palliative care educator and consultant, Laura has served as statewide Respecting Choices Faculty for the Virginia POST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment) Collaborative as well as provided statewide professional education on palliative and end-of-life care for the Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care.

For CancerChoices, Laura curates content and research, networks with clinical and organizational partners, brings awareness and education of integrative oncology at professional and patient conferences and programs, and translates research into information relevant to the patient experience as well as clinical practice.

Laura sees her work with CancerChoices as a perfect alignment of all her passions, knowledge and skills in integrative oncology care. She is honored to serve you.

Laura Pole, RN, MSN, OCNS Senior Clinical Consultant

Last update: June 6, 2022

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