Free Yoga classes geared for women with breast cancer

Free Yoga classes designed specifically for women with breast cancer will be offered on an ongoing basis Friday mornings, beginning March 31, 10 to 11:15 at a.m. at the Center for Human Development’s Cancer House of Hope on 1999 Westfield St.

The classes, which require no prior experience in yoga, are being taught by Lee Callagher, a registered yoga therapist who is also an occupational therapist.

The classes will incorporate meditation, breathing exercises and yoga sequences for women during and after breast cancer treatment.

“Doing yoga sessions, I came to realize that the population of women with breast cancer goes through so much medically, physically and emotionally,” Callagher said in a release.

“With these new classes, I want to empower women by giving them tools to improve their own physical, mental and emotional well-being.”

Callagher became certified as a yoga therapist through Integrative Yoga Therapywith Joseph LePage in 2009, and is registered with National Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

She has also studied in England with Anne Marie Newland, author of “Sun Power Yoga SHALA: A Personal Journey through the Theory, Philosophy and Everyday Practice of Yoga.”

The government’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health lists what recent studies are showing about some of the suggested health benefits of yoga, an ancient practice rooted, as the site notes, in Indian philosophy.

For further information, contact Callagher at (413) 275-6443,, visit, or call Cancer House of Hope, (413) 733-1858.

Lee Callagher, a registered yoga therapist who is also an occupational therapist, will lead yoga classes for women with breast cancer Friday mornings at the CHD’s Cancer House of Hope in West Springfield.


Originally posted on MassLive, March 27, 2017. By Anne-Gerard Flynn

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