7/6 Concurrent Session 2-A 11:15-12:45 A Teacher's Toolkit: The Use of Yoga Therapy Along the Cancer Care Continuum Lara Benusis Columbia University
[2-A] A Teacher's Toolkit: The Use of Yoga Therapy Along the Cancer Care Continuum The rate of cancer survivors is increasing and yoga is a natural bridge that can provide support for our cancer communities during and after treatment. Yoga is an advantageous method with multiple benefits, when provided by an informed, trained and vigilant provider. There are an increasing number of yoga professionals drawn to serving this growing need. Equally important, is the need to embrace a constantly changing health care environment and a new paradigm of health and well being while keeping a watchful eye on the research as we interface effective and new models of care. During this brief experiential presentation, we will discuss how yoga programs are needed at every phase of the cancer care continuum to help support our communities so that those affected by cancer can regain physical, mental and psychosocial well-being. This workshop will primarily lecture and some chair yoga practice.
Lara Benusis, EdM, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT500 is a pioneer in translating yoga into hospital environments. She was the first full time yoga instructor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she developed their in-hospital/out-patient adult, pediatric, and employee wellness offerings. She is featured in MSKCC’s online yoga training program, Yoga For the Cancer Patient and has authored their yoga research interventions for their breast, ovarian and pulmonary medicine teams. She is currently a pre-doctoral student in Applied Physiology at Columbia University and is focused on exploring the efficacy and mechanisms of exercise and yoga on the survivorship of cancer. She has been a certified yoga instructor since 1996, has taught over 20,000 hours, has lead 40 advanced teacher training programs in Europe and Asia.