The Therapist’s Toolkit:
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. There are an increasing number of yoga professionals drawn to serving this growing need yet they need reliable and useful information. 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.
Lara Benusis, EdM, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT500
[USA / Columbia University (Student Researcher)]
Lara Benusis 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.