Destination Health: Fearless Healing

By Nora Simmons

Coming to terms with cancer is never easy, yet a new study supports what many women already know: Yoga helps. Published in the journal Psycho-Oncology, the study confirmed that women with breast cancer had a 50 percent reduction in depression and a 12 percent increase in feelings of peace following yoga sessions. If you or someone you love needs some yogic healing, head to the mountains. Shambhala Mountain Center of Colorado holds its fourth annual Courageous Women, Fearless Living: A Retreat for Women Touched by Cancer August 26 through 30; go to shambhalamountain.org for more details. Led by a team of experts, including Natural Solutions’ own editor-in-chief, Linda Sparrowe, this program offers meditation instruction, healing visualization practice, yoga sessions, whole-being healthcare and nutrition tips, small group discussions, art therapy, ritual, and sacred dance.

For East Coasters: The Duke Cancer Patient Support Program sponsors the annual Pink Ribbon Yoga Retreat for Breast Cancer Survivors (August 6 to 9) at the Trinity Retreat Center in North Carolina. For more info, visit pinkribbonyoga.org.