People living with cancer in Perth will be able to access free, in-person or online courses, with the commencement of Cancer Council WA’s Life Now Term 4 timetable in October 2023.
Cancer Council WA Life Now Program Coordinator, Emma Saikovski, said the purpose of the Life Now Exercise and Meditation programs is to introduce exercise and meditation in a safe and supportive environment and to empower people to manage their own physical and mental wellbeing.
“Research has found that exercise is an effective medicine for people with cancer; people with cancer who exercise regularly have fewer and milder side effects from their treatments,” Ms Saikovski said.
“These courses are offered to people who are affected by cancer and their primary carers.”
For recent Life Now Meditation and Yoga participant, Cheryl Rowlands, the Life Now Program helped her feel better both mentally and physically following her diagnosis.
“I was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2019 after discovering a lump in my neck six months prior,” Ms Rowlands said.
“About four months into my treatment I heard about the Life Now courses and felt it was time to start some self-care around my treatment schedule.
“I had the joy of participating in meditation and yoga courses in a supportive environment.
“The facilitators were knowledgeable and super caring and the programs were tailored to each individual to ensure maximum comfort during participation.
I am so grateful that the Life Now team helped me regain both mental and physical health and a sense of self beyond my treatment.
“I still meditate regularly and attend yoga, so if you get the opportunity to join a Life Now course, I recommend you take it.”
Ms Saikovski said she is always delighted to hear such positive feedback from participants.
“We know through numerous studies that there are a range of benefits from participating in exercise and meditation, including improved wellbeing and reducing anxiety and stress, but it’s wonderful to hear first-hand from people like Cheryl, just how Life Now courses have improved their lives,” she said.
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