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Restorative yoga classes to benefit breast cancer patients to begin April 2

March 14, 2014


 Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs & Community Relations Specialist

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Ware, MA (March 14, 2014) - An eight-week restorative yoga class designed for breast cancer patients will be held on Wednesday evenings beginning April 2, and continue through May 21,from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  Classes will be held at The Centered Place Yoga Studio, located at 286 Bridge Street in Warren, and will be taught by co-owner, Nancy Nowak, R.Y.T., certified and registered yoga teacher and yoga therapist.  


 “Yoga is a complementary therapy.  It improves feelings of well-being and can enhance the quality of life for some patients with cancer,” said Camille St.Onge, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.  “Relaxation is a vital element in healing because it relieves stress that can get in the way of an efficient immune system. 


According to instructor, Nancy Nowak, “This eight week Yoga series will offer participants gentle stretching, deep relaxation, in a nurturing environment where tensions can melt, stress can be released, and cares and concerns drop away.  Participants will leave each class with a greater sense of peace, well-being, rest and renewal.” 


The program is grant-funded by Rays of Hope and is free to breast cancer patients and survivors.  Each participant is welcome to bring a caretaker, family member or “buddy” for additional support.  The Restorative Yoga Program has been made possible through the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Mary Lane Hospital and grant funded by Rays of Hope.  For more information or to register to attend contact Nancy Nowak at 413-436-7374 or