Yoga for Breast Cancer


This workshop focused on modified classic yoga asana to encourage movement safely post surgery and to enable healing in a friendly environment. Guruui says that yoga can cure what needs not be endured and help endure what cannot be cured. Thibault notes: “Being able to practice after such a scary time brings back a sense of  empowerment, which we might have felt we had lost. Our practice can help put us back in control over our lives.”


Note: This class was open to all interested in learning more about what to do after treatment and to survivors, teachers and serious students seeking to understand more about breast cancer. Students were expected to have completed both surgery and chemotherapy at least one month before the class date.


About the teacher: Certified directly by B.K.S. Iyengar, Denise Thibault considers it her good fortune to have had personal guidance from her guru and his daughter, Geeta, in the months after her surgery for breast cancer, including two months in India in the medical class. She teaches at her own studio in Orange and at YogaWorks in Orange County. Her teaching philosophy is based on her belief that “our lives are to help remove the suffering of others. Ahimsa Patanjali says the pain which lies ahead can be and must be avoided, but how do we know this, unless it’s pointed out to us in our yoga practice. Everything else in life we do reinforces our mistakes.”

YogaWorks, Laguna Beach