Connie Walsh is an accredited yogas teacher, nurse and complementary therapist and runs a yoga centre in Monkstown Co Dublin. She has a large focus on Cancer Conscious Yoga.
‘Yoga has helped me know myself better, through sensory awareness, physical awareness, breath awareness I can clear obstacles that cloud and confuse my understanding of who I am. Once i am clearer about who I am I make better choices.
You want to get back to feeling yourself but you may have pain or numbness, feel wobbly, your digestion might be erratic, you may have to visit the bathroom more often. You may be afraid yoga won’t suit you.
It is important to find a yoga teacher who knows what considerations you will need to find your own level of ease and comfort.
most of us don’t want to feel different, we want to be able to do the same as everyone else, so it can be demoralising to attend a class that is too fast or too complicated, I often think one of the biggest challenges during cancer is learning patience. Patience to step into life at a different pace, listen and trust what you feel and negotiate your way from there.
There are three options when considering yoga:
Attend an individual session where you have time to explore, ask questions and get a feel for the movements. From there yo will know what to expect from a class or you may choose to continue with individual sessions.
Attending yoga class at on of the Cancer Support Centres.
Attending a suitable private class in your community with a teacher who is competent and skilled