Upstate University Hospital Cancer Center has partnered with the ALIVE! Foundation, Inc.
to bring knitting to the infusion and waiting areas. Just pick up the yarn that speaks to you, or finish a square that has been started. Knit any pattern you want. We encourage you to knit a square 8 inches X 8 inches. The squares will be pieced together by volunteers to make lap quilts. The Upstate Cancer Center will then give the quilts to people in the infusion area.
A certain peace, along with beneficial health effects, comes with knitting. The hobby can lower blood pressure and calm the mind.
Patients often say how knitting really relaxes them while they wait. Visitors can start squares and leave them for another knitter to finish.
Upstate Knitting Card
Alive! Attitudinal Healing
Heartlight Center for Inner Peace is offering a 12 Week Study Group for cancer survivors and their supporters as a place to learn and experience the 12 Principals of Attitudinal Healing. The Study Group is limited to 10 participants and will have two experienced facilitators. To learn more, go to www.heartlightCIP.org.
See attached flyer for details.
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Alive! Yoga for Cancer Survivors
Each 12 week class series combines healthful guided breathing exercises, slow arm stretches, gentle yoga sequences, and movement inquiries of Self-Awakening Yoga Therapeutics® to help stimulate the immune system; move lymph; improve balance, strength and flexibility; regain mental focus; reduce fatigue, anxiety, and some of the other side effects of cancer treatment.
Alive! Yoga classes are taught by Georgia Stormes E- RYT 500 . Georgia Stormes combines a rich background as an RN and second degree Reiki practitioner with certifications as a professional yoga educator to provide a unique experience for people seeking personalized yoga instruction within a small group setting. She specializes in guiding classes for cancer survivors and people who face mobility restrictions regardless of age or cause.
Over years of traditional yoga practice to improve her own health, Georgia observed decreased participation by fellow students due to these restrictions. This piqued her concern to explore yoga methods that cultivate listening to the body and respecting its limits. A cancer survivor herself, she has a unique perspective and empathy which inspires her passion to ease the journey of others as they recover from cancer and the side effects of its treatments. She is certified to teach Self-Awakening Yoga Therapeutics® by Don Stapleton PhD. In 2012, at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Georgia was qualified to teach Om Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors. In early 2013 she was certified in Yoga for Breast Cancer Recovery & Beyond©, a yoga-based rehab program that meets survivors’ needs at all stages of treatment and recovery, founded by yoga therapist Camille Kittrell, M.S., E-RYT.
She holds advanced certifications of over 500 hours from the Nosara Yoga Institute in techniques of teaching yoga, postures, conditioning movements, pranayama, relaxation, meditation, yoga philosophy and methodology, energetic anatomy, and developmental movement. Georgia is a member of Crouse Hospital’s Institute for Integrative Medicine in Syracuse, New York. She is a qualified instructor in the U.S., Canada and Costa Rica and holds an E- RYT 500 designation through Yoga Alliance.
For information or to register, contact Yvonne at 315-484-9183, firstname.lastname@example.org or Georgia at email@example.com
Yvonne Martin brings a light-heart and a smile to her Kripalu Yoga teachings. Fully engaged in life and in her community, she trusts in the movement of life and allows it to unfold as it presents itself. A native of Canada, Yvonne moved to the U.S. and
earned a Bachelor of Science degree, Magna cum laude, from Syracuse University. In the midst of a fulfilling career in accounting and finance, she began raising a family. During her pause from the corporate world, she one day joined a dear
friend who had found “Yoga”. What began as a fun outing back in 2008, unexpectedly blossomed into a full-time passion and Yvonne knew that becoming a Yoga Teacher was what she had to do.
From her very first yoga class, Yvonne noticed that the daily aches and pains of a “maturing” body diminished & then all but disappeared with her regular yoga practice. She became accustomed to feeling really really well. Yvonne discovered also that Yoga is not only for the young & limber, but can be tailored to an individual and to special populations. Over time, and with regular practice, she has received the benefits of simply “pausing” – slowing down movements, deepening the breath, noticing thoughts, and as a result, is leading a mindful, relaxed, and healthful life.
In mid 2015, Yvonne began assisting Georgia Stormes, E-RYT-500, in the Alive! Yoga for Cancer Survivors program. She has experienced how this program brings together a remarkable group of human beings who bond in community and thrive
as they show up on their mats and practice yoga. Her life having been touched by both her mother and sister as cancer survivors, Yvonne brings a sense of support and loving care to her students.
A graduate of the Kripalu School of Yoga in Stockbridge, MA, Yvonne is Yoga Alliance, RYT-200 registered. In 2015, she earned certification in Hatha “Yoga for Breast Cancer Recovery & Beyond©” taught by Camille Kittrell, MS, E-RYT. Almost daily, Yvonne can be found teaching Kripalu Yoga in the greater Syracuse area at Alive! Yoga for Cancer Survivors, OASIS/Upstate Medical University, and Mandala Moon Yoga. Lovingly taken under the wing of mentors, Georgia Stormes, E-RYT- 500 and Dena Beratta, RYT-500, Yvonne continues her education in the field of yoga
for cancer survivors and special populations.
Alive! Yoga for Kids
Alive! Yoga for Kids classes are designed for any child who has had a loved one deal with cancer. We recognize that
this can cause a child to feel stress and that this stress can have a negative effect on children. We provide a safe place
where kids can have fun while learning positive ways to help them cope with stress. Alive! Yoga for Kids classes focus
on movement, poses, relaxation, & breathing techniques in a fun, supportive environment. Research shows that yoga
provides many benefits for children including: building strong, healthy bodies; increasing self-esteem; developing
a clear, calm mind; and dealing with stress in their lives.
Colleen Smith has been teaching yoga to children in the CNY area for 13 years. She has trained with the Radiant
Child Yoga program, and YogaKids, and is continuing her training with ChildLight Yoga.
To register contact: Colleen Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-729-1506
Alive! Massage for Cancer Survivors
Dave DeLuca is going to be giving massages for Alive! After earning a bachelors degree in business administration from SUNY Brockport Dave spent 18 years in the banking & finance industry, working for many banks in the Syracuse area. In late 2005 Dave made a decision with his incredibly supportive family to pursue his dream and become a massage therapist. He attended the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in 2006 and became licensed in April 2007. During his first year of being self employed he spent time working at a gym, a chiropractors office and a spa. In 2008 Dave was given an incredible opportunity to work with Hematology Oncology Associates of Central New York and provide massage therapy to their cancer patients. Dave has attended seminars on Oncology Massage and in July 2014 he completed a certification on Massage for People Living with Cancer through the Oncology Massage Education Associates. The invaluable information gained through these continuing education classes and the knowledge gained through each and every client he has worked with generates the drive and compassion to continue working in the massage therapy profession. “To see first hand the positive impact massage can make on an individual’s cancer journey, is truly amazing”. Dave has also had training in Thai Massage, Orthopedic approaches to relieving pain, CranioSacral Therapy and holds a level II Reiki Certification. He has also been practicing Tai Chi since 2008 and teaches beginning classes at The Wellness Center in Camillus.
Dave will be offering the massages for Alive at The Wellness Center in Camillus and is also available to come to a home, if necessary. He can be contacted to schedule an appointment at the email address email@example.com or at 315-380-6366. All funding provided by ALIVE! Foundation, Inc.
Alive! Personal Training for Cancer Survivors
Gazella Training is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Alive! Foundation to provide personal training sessions to cancer survivors throughout Central New York. With a grant from Alive! Foundation we will be providing one on one personal training sessions with cancer survivors to meet their individual needs to assist in providing an exercise plan that will prepare them to continue exercising independently or join group fitness activities. The grant will also provide cancer survivors access to group fitness classes at GazellaTraining upon completing their personal training program. Alive! Foundation continues to help cancer survivors live well through the funding of programs that focus on movement, exercise and nutrition.
If you are a cancer survivor and are interested (or know of anyone who may be interested) in beginning a personal training program, please contact Reem at (315) 729-8645 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All funding provided by ALIVE! Foundation, Inc.
Alive! Energy Healing
Sally A. Gewinner is a Usui/Karuna Holy Fire Reiki Master. During the 1990’s, in the midst of her teaching career, her pursuit of energy therapy began with Reiki. As she further connected with Reiki energy, she realized this was a way to help people; by activating the healing process the body would naturally balance its own physical and emotional well-being. Through her continued education she became certified in Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) an angel assisted healing for releasing old, unhelpful energy patterns; Pranic Healing a therapy that utilizes life force energy to balance, harmonize and transform the body’s energy process; and Polarity Healing which assists the flow and balance of energy in the body. A session combining all of these energy modalities will enhance the receiver’s overall vitality, leaving them feeling less stressed, more peaceful, energized and focused. Sally is affiliated with Hematology-Oncology Associates of CNY providing energy sessions for cancer patients.
Sally is offering energy sessions for ALIVE at The Wellness Center in Camillus and also out of her home on Syracuse’s east side. To schedule an appointment contact her at email@example.com or 315-446- 4524.
All funding is provided by ALIVE! Foundation, Inc.
Hooping is a meditative, beautiful exercise. It’s like the hula hoop fun you remember from childhood, but the hoops and movements are designed for adult “hoopers. “
This multi-level, zero to low-impact hoop class is appropriate for beginners and intermediate hoop students. You’ll learn the basics of hooping, including waist hooping side to side and front to back, hip hooping, passing the hoop around the body and above the head. We’ll slowly work our way up to a skilled flow of movements. Additionally, we will work with the Hoop Minis, toning and strengthening the arms with a set of smaller “twin” hoops. Modifications or variations will be offered to accommodate all students.
Each class will include warm-ups (breathing and stretching with your hoop), demonstrations, and detailed instructions for each technique, personal attention and troubleshooting, and some “hoop jam” time—a free period to work on techniques or blending moves together into a personal flow. Hoops are available for use during class and for purchase.
Classes are taught by Hoopnotica Certified Instructor and local yoga teacher Dena Beratta, E-RYT. Dena is the owner of the Mandala Moon Yoga studio at Slate Hill Wellness, LLC, in Marcellus. She offers a variety of yoga and hooping classes at the Wellness Center at Medical Center West and is an Adjunct Professor of Yoga at Onondaga Community College’s Physical Education & Health Department. Dena believes that yoga and hooping are magical practices that make every part of life lighter, brighter, and more joyful. They create space and time for meditation in motion, a balm for stress relief and nourishment for the body, heart and soul.
For more detailed information about Dena, Mandala Moon Yoga, or Hooping classes, check out www.MandalaMoonYoga.com, text/call Dena at (315)440-9125, or “like” the Mandala Moon Yoga Facebook page.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Please register by calling (315) 440-9125.