MISTY: Releasing the Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis

“You have cancer”; all cancer patients remember the lived experience of hearing those words. They recall the date, the room, maybe even the doctor’s expression. Some aspects of shock can remain as significant body memory indefinitely – the protective tension at the centre of the body, the eyes wide and rigid, the whole body still, barely breathing. This sympathetic nervous system tone can linger, continuing to signal the body to protect against imminent danger, resulting in a feeling of uncomfortable vigilance or generalized anxiety. People can feel as though they are not in their body, not in the present, and thus not able to support themselves or direct their care. Through subtle somatic yoga practices, we can have a direct breath and movement conversation with the nervous system and begin to heal the trauma of a cancer diagnosis. In this workshop, learn simple and unique ways of being with diagnosis shock through practices that cultivate inquiry, compassionately acknowledge the wisdom of the body, and bring curiosity and ease to de-patterning. Through embodied yoga practice, we can help clients face into cancer with authenticity and regain agency in their treatment and self-care.

This is a course that is brought to you by the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY)

Course Objectives:

  1. To develop an understanding of specific yoga practices and systems
  2. To learn current evidence and research in therapeutic yoga for cancer patients.
  3. To experience yoga practices in oncology
  4. To develop the knowledge and skills to improve the health care experience of individuals with different needs, illnesses, goals and objectives.

This course is open to all yoga instructors and health care professionals – physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, medical doctors, nurses and midwives.

About the Instructor:

Anne Pitman M. Sc. E-RYT 

Anne had a Masters in Kinesiology and has been guiding people to be present in their life, through dance, yoga and fitness, for over 35 years. She is a teacher of teachers, designing studies for certified Yoga Teacher Training from a Scaravelli and somatic, or body-centered listening approach. She is the co-director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy.

Anne has extensive experience in accompanying people who are facing cancer, both as a Certified Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Therapist in clinic, and a Care Coordinator at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre.

She is a graduate and ongoing scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School where she learns to compassionately support both living deeply and dying well.

Recently Anne released a (4 cd) set entitled “7 Short Practices; A Gentle Companion for Yoga Home Practice” and a meditation cd, “Into the Body”, a fundraiser for the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre”, both at www.annesyoga.com.

Helene Couvrette, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, E-RYT500, 200RYS, 300RYS

Her passion for yoga inspired her to share yoga with a few friends in the basement of one of whom eventually lost her battle with cancer. She soon realized her love of yoga could only be surpassed by the desire to share it with others & the joy of seeing them benefit from yoga on many levels.

In 2002 just after delivering a stillborn boy Helene embarked on a 200hr YTT Certification Course. During 2003 she continued the training at same time began teaching yoga at the St. Lazare Community Center. Helene continues to teach regular yoga classes with a therapeutic approach, offers Private Yoga Therapy Sessions & mentors a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Winter of 2018 she will introduce an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training focusing on Therapeutics

Helene is also co-founder of this international conference bringing health care professionals & yoga therapist together with the mission of integrating yoga into the Canadian health care system.

Instructor Name Anne Pitman
Cost CA$125.00
Run Time 2:31:03
Access Duration Indefinite access after purchase