Yoga Thrive is a research-based, therapeutic yoga program for cancer survivors and their support persons. This gentle, 12-week yoga program is based on hatha yoga, but has been modified for cancer survivors; especially those who are experiencing stiffness, pain, stress, or fatigue. Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed has been researching the benefits of this program since 2002. Past participants have found significant benefits in overall mood, stress levels, physical strength, and quality of life.
More about our program
Since its inception, more than 1,100 cancer survivors and their support persons have participated in Yoga Thrive. Central to the program is the Yoga Thrive Teacher Training Program (YTTTP), a 32-hour certification program that equips yoga instructors with the expertise to teach therapeutic cancer specific classes. YTTTP is based at the University and is in collaboration with Tyla Arnason, Senior Yoga Thrive Instructor, Yoga Thrive Teacher Training Facilitator and Program Development, and Owner of The Yoga Effect. More than 128 yoga instructors have been trained through YTTTP across Canada and the US. This growing network of qualified teachers has expanded Yoga Thrive tremendously. Thrive classes are now offered in 14 locations around Calgary as well as a number of locations across Alberta including Cochrane, Edmonton, Jasper, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and St. Albert. Other provinces including British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario will be starting programs in the near future.
Please note: There are no longer different levels. Each instructor can modify up or down depending on the participant's needs.
Who can join?
Yoga Thrive is open to all cancer survivors (on or off treatment) and their support persons. Class sizes are kept small (15 max.) to ensure individual attention and safety, and no previous yoga experience is necessary. Each class is 75 minutes and held once per week over a 12-week period. The program is progressive (i.e. each class builds on the previous) and led by a certified instructor trained in the Yoga Thrive program. Participants have the option of registering at either level I or level II. Regardless of level, the Yoga Thrive program honours each individual body and its current limitations.
- The Health and Wellness Lab has published a yoga manual for child and adolescent cancer patients and survivors, as well as their families: Yoga Thrive for Youth: Practices to promote wellness during and after cancer treatment by Robyn Long, S. Nicole Culos-Reed, and Gregory Guilcher.
- Yoga Thrive video
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