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An 8 hour intensive training program  for yoga teachers, oncology massage therapists,
 lymphedema specialists, and physical therapists

This program is designed to provide professionals with additional tools to meet the unique physical and emotional needs of cancer patients and survivors, with an emphasis on breast cancer, using specialized gentle restorative yoga poses and movement.  Leading a yoga class for cancer patients and survivors, especially those with breast cancer, is much different than leading your usual yoga class.

This program addresses issues associated with treatment, such as stimulating the lymphatic and cardiovascular systems affected by sitting for extended periods of time during chemotherapy, improving range of motion after surgery, and calming the anxiety that often accompanies diagnosis and treatment.  Modification of poses will be covered for patients with ports, neuropathy, weak muscles or fragile bones due to treatment, and skin sensitivities that may occur during radiation or reconstruction.

As important as understanding the physical limitations of those who will come to you for help, is understanding the psychological effects.  Approaching each pose for each patient with humor,knowledge, and a positive attitude will provide them with the reassurance they need to reap the most benefit from yoga.

Topics covered include:

  • Anatomy of Breast Cancer and Yoga
  • Cancer Treatments and Side Effects
  • Assessing Physical Limitations
  • Importance of Breathe Work
  • Helpful vs. Harmful Poses and Props
  • Adaptations for Comfort and Safety
  • Dealing with Emotions of Fear and Anxiety

This 8 hour intensive program consists of hands-on training and lecture time.  It is co-taught by an oncology massage/ lymphedema therapist and yoga instructor who is a breast cancer survivor.  An illustrated training manual and additional resource materials will be provided.

Upon successful completion of training participants will receive Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Certification through  Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) and others who are eligible may use this certification for 8 hours of continuing education credits.

  One Day Intensive
Saturday - May 19, 2018 from  8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tri CommunityYMCA 
43 Everett Street, Southbridge MA 01550

Please bring a yoga mat, water, lunch and snacks.

Registration Fee:  $275



Del-Marie Bachand has been practicing and teaching hatha and restorative yoga for more than 40 years.   In addition to her knowlege and experience as a yoga instructor she brings her personal perspective as a breast cancer survivor to the training program.  Del provides one-on-one yoga sessions to cancer patients and others with physical or emotional limitations as well as group sessions in central MA.  She is a founding member and current President of the Board of Directors of

Marie Piegorsch is a licensed massage therapist with specialized training in oncology massage and manual lymph drainage.  She studied different therapeutic techniques in MA, Virginia and Hawaii, and received advanced training for working with cancer patients under the direction of  Gayle McDonald and Tracy Walton.  Marie is also a certified yoga instructor and a member of ABMP and  In addition to maintaining a private massage therapy practice, Marie is the Director of the Oncology Massage Program for


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