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Coconino Community College offers healing yoga classes to cancer patients

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare and Coconino Community College (CCC) are proud to sponsor Yoga Thrive classes.

Yoga has helped many people with cancer improve their physical and mental health while learning breathing techniques and relaxing positions.

The slow and gentle 50¬-minute sessions are offered at 4 p.m. every Tuesday starting Jan. 17 through May 18 at Coconino Community College (CCC), 3000 N. Fourth St., Flagstaff. The class is free for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Pre-registration is required. Register in person at CCC's campus or by calling (928) 526-7647.

Experienced instructor Jessica Lorey will teach postures and techniques that are suitable for individuals of all abilities including people currently undergoing cancer treatment.

Yoga provides an avenue for relaxation by relieving the stress and anxiety often associated with cancer and its treatment. Yoga promotes flexibility, strength and balance. Gently stretching the muscles and soft tissues of the body releases the lactic acid buildup that can cause stiffness, tension, pain and fatigue. Increased range of motion and lubrication in the joints are added benefits. Stress can take a toll on the immune system, practices like yoga can be important in the healing process.

The Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare are located in Flagstaff and Sedona. Each campus offers patients highly experienced multidisciplinary teams providing board-certified radiation and medical oncologists, oncology-certified nurses, patient navigators, social workers and dietitians to provide a comprehensive approach to excellent cancer care.

To learn more about the services and care offered at the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, visit CCNAH.com or call (928) 773-2261.

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