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Releasing the Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis

Releasing the Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis

Releasing the Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis

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The instructors
This course was recorded in March 2017

Course Description:

“You have cancer”; all cancer patients remember the lived experience of hearing those words. They recall the date, the room, maybe even the doctor’s expression.

Some aspects of shock can remain as significant body memory indefinitely – the protective tension at the centre of the body, the eyes wide and rigid, the whole body still, barely breathing.

This sympathetic nervous system tone can linger, continuing to signal the body to protect against imminent danger, resulting in a feeling of uncomfortable vigilance or generalized anxiety. People can feel as though they are not in their body, not in the present, and thus not able to support themselves or direct their care.

Through subtle somatic yoga practices, we can have a direct breath and movement conversation with the nervous system and begin to heal the trauma of a cancer diagnosis. In this workshop, learn simple and unique ways of being with diagnosis shock through practices that cultivate inquiry, compassionately acknowledge the wisdom of the body, and bring curiosity and ease to de-patterning.

Through embodied yoga practice, we can help clients face cancer with authenticity and regain agency in their treatment and self-care.

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Learning Objectives

In this online course with Anne Pitman, you will:

  1. To develop an understanding of specific yoga practices and systems
  2. To learn current evidence and research in therapeutic yoga for cancer patients.
  3. To experience yoga practices in oncology
  4. To develop the knowledge and skills to improve the healthcare experience of individuals with different needs, illnesses, goals, and objectives.


This online course is open to all yoga instructors and healthcare professionals – physiotherapists, physiotherapy students, physiotherapy assistants, occupational therapists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, massage therapists, registered kinesiologists, medical doctors, nurses, and midwives.

This session was recorded at the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga (MISTY) in March of 2017

The instructors
Anne Pitman
M. Sc. E-RYT

Anne had a Masters in Kinesiology and has been guiding people to be present in their life, through dance, yoga and fitness, for over 35 years. She is a teacher of teachers, designing studies for certified Yoga Teacher Training from a Scaravelli and somatic, or body-centered listening approach. She is the co-director of the Ottawa School of Embodied Yoga Therapy.

Anne has extensive experience in accompanying people who are facing cancer, both as a Certified Yoga Teacher, a Yoga Therapist in clinic, and a Care Coordinator at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre.

She is a graduate and ongoing scholar at the Orphan Wisdom School where she learns to compassionately support both living deeply and dying well.

Course Material included in this course
  • Releasing the Shock of a Cancer Diagnosis
  • Welcome & Resources
  • Integrative Cancer Care & Research
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • The Shock of Cancer & How People React
  • Dispelling Shock & Giving Agency
  • How to Treat Shock in Practice
  • Treating Shock with Yoga: Slow, Heavy & Fluid
  • Treating Shock with Yoga: Shaking
  • Feedback
  • Quiz
  • Case Studies in Cancer
  • Introduction
  • The OICC
  • What is Cancer?
  • Yoga, Inflammation & Cancer
  • Cancer is Shocking & It's a Full Time Job
  • Embodied Yoga Therapy
  • How We Look at the Case Studies
  • The Structure of the Case Studies
  • Intro to Sandy, the Problem with Case Studies, and How Information is Given to Patients
  • Case Study 1 - Sandy
  • Case Study 2 - Julie Part 1
  • Case Study 2 - Julie Part 2
  • Case Study 3 - Penny
  • Case Study 4 - Geoff
  • Case Study 5 - Dale Part 1
  • Case Study 5 - Dale Part 2
  • Feedback
  • Quiz
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