The Relaxation and Meditation program has been funded by Dry July for people with cancer and their carers who live within the Northern Sydney region. The program is run weekly during the school term at The Dougherty Centre in Chatswood. The program is delivered off-site from Northern Sydney Cancer Centre to maximise the opportunity to ‘switch-off’ from the treatment environment.
The program is an open group that allows participants to attend when they can due to the impact of treatment, appointments and other commitments. The program is run by a Satyananda Yoga Teacher, who is also a qualified Social Worker and Nurse.
The program provides education and support for participants to:
Relax and release tension
Cope better emotionally and mentally
Reduce stress and anxiety
Help alleviate sleeping difficulties, pain, fatigue and nausea.
In commencing the program, participants hoped to gain the following from the program: peace of mind, help with sleep, relaxation skills, improved health and physical wellbeing, management of side effects including pain.