BFMC Offers Yoga for Survivors of Breast Cancer

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department will present a series of free eight-week yoga classes, “Gentle Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors.” The series takes place on Wednesdays. The next series is scheduled to run from March 5 to April 30, with another session coming in May and June.
The course facilitator is Pam Roberts, a 20-year breast-cancer survivor and a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. Roberts is also a certified instructor in Yoga of the Heart for cardiac and cancer patients.
The weekly gentle yoga classes for women who have been living with a breast-cancer diagnosis consist of stretching, strengthening, and breathing and deep relaxation exercises.
One participant called a previous class “the best thing that has helped me after breast cancer.” Another commented that the class was “beneficial to my body, mind, and spirit.” Participants have found that the class benefits lymphedema and helps with strengthening muscles and promoting relaxation.
The free yoga program has been made possible by BFMC’s Oncology Department and the YMCA in Greenfield. It is grant-funded by the Rays of Hope. For more information or to register, contact Roberts at (413) 625-2402 or pamro@aol.com.